A FOURTH carriage clock presented to Helensburgh soldiers who served in the Boer War has been found — but is in very poor condition.

Joanne Byrne, who lives in Ireland, contacted Helensburgh Heritage Trust to say that it had been left to her by a friend who liked restoring old items.

THE FIRST TV star, Stooky Bill, was a ventriloquist's dummy used — then discarded — by TV inventor John Logie Baird. But what happened next?

That was the question for John Burnside FRSL FRSE (65) who was born in Dunfermline, and is one of only three poets to have won both the T.S.Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book.

He has written 'The Ballad of Stooky Bill', which will be broadcast on Sunday at 4.30pm on Radio 4, and imagines what its future might have been.

 

THE ROYAL MINT is marking the 75th anniversary of John Logie Baird’s death with the release on January 1 of a special 50 pence piece.

The Helensburgh inventor demonstrated the world’s first working television system on January 26 1926.

THE War Memorial Families Project in Helensburgh launched a comprehensive new website on Remembrance Sunday.

A team of four from the Friends of Hermitage Park spent more than a year researching the 206 casualties of World War One named on the cenotaph in Hermitage Park to create the website helensburghwarmemorial.co.uk.

A NEW edition of John Logie Baird's memoirs “Television and Me” which has been released as an 'ebook' by Edinburgh publishers Birlinn Ltd.

The TV inventor's son, Helensburgh Heritage Trust hon president Professor Malcolm Baird, assisted on the project, and said that the preface and the end notes had been updated and a new cover prepared.

A NOVEL just published features a young Spanish girl who comes to Helensburgh in the 19th century, stays to live here, and how her life develops.

However ‘Cuando Regresse al Norte’ is written in Spanish — in English the title is ‘When I Returned to the North’.

A BOOK of photographs featuring the late Dr Jim Taggart of the Linn Gardens at Cove has just been published.

Photographer Robbie Lawrence collaborated with renowned poet John Burnside in preparing 'A Voice Above The Linn', a 134 page book published by Stanley/Barker at £38.

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