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Olympic gold on the Clyde

THE outstanding success of Helensburgh man Steven Park as manager of the Team Great Britain sailing team at the 2008 Beijing Games in China kept up a 100 year-old burgh connection with that sport in the Olympics.

As London prepares to be the host city in 2012, it is worth remembering that when the capital hosted the 1908 Games one of the sailing events was held on the Clyde . . . and in the winning 12 metre crew were a Helensburgh man and another from Rhu.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:24 )


Test cricketer born in burgh

HELENSBURGH was the birthplace of a cricketer who played eleven tests for England and 306 matches in a first class career which lasted 19 years.

Right arm offspin bowler Peter Such took over 1,000 wickets, had a best performance in test matches of six wickets for 67 runs against Australia, and took five wickets in an innings on 49 occasions.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 May 2010 22:59 )

Rhu man scored on Rangers debut

THE Helensburgh district’s most famous home-grown footballer of the modern era is Rangers and Scotland striker Derek Parlane.

The Rhu youngster made his Rangers debut in the cauldron atmosphere of a European Cup-Winners Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich at Ibrox — and scored.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 18:00 )

Cardross world champion

A CARDROSS footballer of yesteryear could lay claim to being a champion of the world.

Born in the village on October 2 1865, Robert 'Bob' Robinson Kelso began his football career with Renton as a defender, and with them he won the Scottish Cup in 1885 and 1888 and played in the unsuccessful 1886 final.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:30 )

Early goalkeeping star

A RHU man, Matthew Dickie, was a Rangers and Scotland international goalkeeper in the early days of the game.

Born in the village on August 19 1873, he opened and ran for many years a successful tobacconist shop, with a much-used billiards saloon upstairs, in Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. He died on December 30 1959 at the age of 86.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 December 2010 11:05 )

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Next Open Meeting

BB-logo-wThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday October 26 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. After the AGM, the Rev David Clark will talk about 100 years of the BB in Helensburgh.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — AGM; then The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation