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Centenary medal discovered

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A SOUVENIR of the Comet centenary celebrations turned up in Aberdeen in the summer of 2012, the bicentenary year.

Robert Campbell got in touch with Helensburgh Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble to say that he had a medal celebrating the Comet and Henry Bell Centenary, and he asked if there were any plans to produce a bicentenary medal.

Stewart replied: "I was completely unaware of the medal which had been produced for the centenary until I saw your photos, and I'm afraid that we have no plans for anything similar."

Argyll and Bute Council archivist Jackie Davenport has discovered that the medal originated from the centenary celebrations in Linlithgow.

The Executive Committee on Arrangements for Celebrations of Centenary of Launch of Steamer "Comet", chaired by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, was told by Linlithgow Celebrations honorary secretary J.W.Dougall that the medals were struck to commemorate Henry Bell's life work and he had the dies. However the committee decided not to take this up for Glasgow and the Clyde.



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Robert-Ryan-wAt the February Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday February 27 Robert Ryan will give a canoeist's perspective of Loch Lomond.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story

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