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Help needed on Comet celebration day

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HMS-Pursuer-wSOME help is needed by Helensburgh Heritage Trust for the Comet Bicentenary celebrations!

At the pier car park on Saturday August 4 Helensburgh will be celebrating one of the most important events in its history, and indeed in the history of the West of Scotland.

The first voyage of Henry Bell's Comet took place in August 1812 — this was the first commercial steamship in Europe, while Henry Bell himself was the first recorded Provost of Helensburgh.

To celebrate this, a number of events will be taking place in and around Helensburgh Pier in the afternoon.

  • Participation by HMS Pursuer, a class P2000 patrol boat from the Royal Navy.
  • Visit by small Victorian-style steamboats.
  • Helensburgh Modellers Club will have their radio-controlled model of the Comet in action, along with various other ship models.
  • Mock rescue by the RNLI lifeboat.
  • Sailing events organised by Helensburgh Sailing Club and the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club.
  • Display of what the proposed Comet Archway will look like.

Comet-2012-logoHeritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble said: "The Trust is well ahead with these above arrangements but we could do with a little help. Specifically I am looking for help with the following:

  • "A few folk to help with stewarding the event at the cordoned off area of the car park and manning stands in the afternoon.
  • "Someone to go out in the Helensburgh Sailing Club rescue boat to take photos of the events.
  • "The loan of a caravanette or similar vehicle which we can use as our base at the pier car park and which could house the public address system which we shall be using — particularly helpful if it were to rain!

"I should be very grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible if you could help with any of these, or know anyone who can. Please phone me on 675484 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I look forward to hearing from you!"

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 16:51 )  

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The next Open Meeting is on February 24 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm. After an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss and, if agreed, resolve that the Trust become a SCIO, Sue Furness and Fiona Jackson will talk on 'Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Extraordinary General Meeting at 7.30; then Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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