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Degaussing led to romance

STORIES from World War Two usually feature bravery or tragedy, but for an unemployed Helensburgh girl enlisting was to result in romance.

Today, at the age of 98, in very good health, and living in Cambridge with her daughter Linda, Marion Reilly still treasures memories of her wartime work on degaussing at Helensburgh pier, through which she met the man who was to become her husband.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 January 2014 19:14 )


Christmas news in 1961

CHRISTMAS often includes large slices of nostalgia, but looking back can serve to remind that many things do not change very much with the passage of time. 

That thought kept recurring when I visited Helensburgh Library on Friday December 23 2011 to have a look at the Helensburgh Advertiser of 50 years ago.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 January 2012 17:57 )

I taught the Queen to drive

The late Miss Maud L.MacLellan, OBE, TD, of Auchenault, Helensburgh, tells of the period during her wartime service with the Auxiliary Training Service when she commanded a centre where the then Princess, now Queen Elizabeth, learnt to drive.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 December 2014 18:14 )

Night bombs fell on Cardross

A 14 year-old boy endured a night of horror when World War Two bombs fell on Cardross. 

This is how James Retson recalled the evening of March 14 1941, the second night of the Clydebank Blitz . . .

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 May 2011 17:20 )

Kilcreggan best for stories

ONCE upon a time I worked as a reporter on the Helensburgh Advertiser. While thus employed, it was often my duty to “do the calls”.

This meant checking, by telephone, with various police stations in the district before the paper went to bed. The editor had a weakness for bedtime stories, and it was my job to humour him.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 January 2011 16:55 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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 — 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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