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Leading singer came home

A VERY well known singer who spent much of her childhood in Helensburgh returned to the burgh for a concert in January 2009 . . . 25 years on from when she won several major prizes as a student.

Soprano Lorna Anderson, who now lives in Somerset with her husband and three daughters, sang in a charity concert in the West Kirk on Thursday January 22 with broadcaster and singer Jamie MacDougall and the Eisenstadt trio.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 16:43 )


Reporter wins third BAFTA

A FORMER Helensburgh Advertiser reporter won her third BAFTA award for an undercover investigation in November 2008.

Samantha Poling, whose parents used to live in the burgh, completed her hat-trick with a BBC TV Panorama programme entitled ‘Britain’s Protection Racket’, which won the 2008 best documentary accolade.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 16:44 )

Film director wins BAFTA

A GARELOCHHEAD man was named top director at the 2008 Scottish BAFTAs.

Kenneth Glenaan, better known locally as Kenneth Grant, won the coveted prize for his film Summer, which starred Robert Carlyle, and it also took the Best Film award.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 16:46 )

Rhu artist's work highly prized

A YOUNG artist from Rhu who now lives and works in America has gained an international reputation, with her paintings selling for as much as 10,000 dollars.

Vicki Hopkinson — who comes home regularly for holidays — is particularly renowned for her paintings of animals.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 August 2010 12:56 )

Deborah Kerr and Helensburgh

HELENSBURGH people have long embraced Deborah Kerr as their very own film star, but the time she spent in the town was very short.

Countless newspaper, magazine and website articles say that the Scottish girl who became the archetypal movie ‘perfect English rose’ was born in the burgh.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 February 2015 18:24 )

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

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 (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • 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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