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Gregor Ian Smith: Missing caricature

ONE work of art which was not on show in Helensburgh Heritage Trust's 2007 Gregor Ian Smith Exhibition at Helensburgh Library was a watercolour caricature of the late John B.Widdowson during his time as the last headmaster of Larchfield Boys Prepatory School in Colquhoun Street.

The reason, his son Andrew says, is that no-one knows the fate of the caricature, which was completed about 1970 by the artist when he was art master at the school which was later merged with St Bride's School for Girls to form Lomond School.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:20 )


Deborah Kerr: Her philosophy

HELENSBURGH'S most famous film star Deborah Kerr, who died on October 16 2006 at the age of 86, was regarded in Hollywood as a typical English rose . . . refined and reserved.

But of course Deborah Jane Kerr Trimmer was born on September 30 1921 to Arthur Charles (Jack to his friends) Trimmer, a civil engineer, and his wife Kathleen Rose (known to her family as Colleen or Coll), when they lived in Helensburgh, and spent her early years in the town.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:21 )

Lee Bisset: Opera singer

A FORMER pupil of Helensburgh's Lomond School, Lee Bisset, is now one of Britain’s established opera and concert singers.

Daughter of Jack and Jennifer Bisset from Inverbeg on Loch Lomondside, Lee studied singing while at school with Anne Lyons and piano with Jean Kelso, at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, for several years in Italy with Romolo Castiglioniand at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:20 )

Martin Smith: BAFTA winner

A HELENSBURGH man drew on his upbringing in the town when working on the film which won him a BAFTA in November 2006.

Writer and director Martin Smith, a former Hermitage Primary and Hermitage Academy pupil says that he was thrilled to accept the Russell Hunter Award for Best Short Film at the BAFTA Scotland awards ceremony in Glasgow for ‘Tracks’.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:24 )

Mary O'Rourke: Master Joe

ONE of the most popular songs sung by a well known Helensburgh singer was "It's a sin to live a lie". But 'boy singer' Master Joe Petersen did just that for most of her life.

Master Joe, as he was known, was in fact burgh girl Mary O'Rourke, who also appeared under the names of Master Wilfred Eaton and Michael Dawnay.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:26 )

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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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