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Turkish baths at Shandon

TURKISH baths on Garelochside were once a magnet for the rich and famous of the late Victorian age.

The attraction which brought them flocking from all over Britain was Shandon Hydro, a stately mansion which housed some of the finest state-of-the-art hydropathic baths, swimming and even indoor tennis facilities of its day.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 20:19 )

 

Burgh boy founded photographic dynasty

A HELENSBURGH boy who emigrated to Australia at the age of just eleven went on to become one of the pioneers of early professional photography.

Despite being orphaned soon after arriving Down Under, burgh-born Thomas Mathewson (right) started a family dynasty in the photographic business.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2011 18:33 )

Business leader and charity founder

A HELENSBURGH man who was a captain of Scottish industry will also forever be associated with a charity which helps terminally ill cancer patients.

Douglas Hume, C.B.E., LL.D, was the last of four generations of his family to run the internationally-renowned Glasgow-based engineering firm James Howden & Co. Ltd., where he was managing director from 1964 to 1987 and chairman in 1988.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:35 )

Second owners of the Queen's Hotel

MOST Helensburgh people know that the Baths Inn — later Queen’s Hotel — business on East Clyde Street was started and run by steamship pioneer Henry Bell and his wife.

But not many could name the next owners of the hotel, which was converted 20 years ago in the luxury Queen’s Court flats.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:41 )

Burgh's whisky tradition

HELENSBURGH and whisky go back a long way.

The news in March 2009 that a blended Scotch whisky was being specially bottled for the Helensburgh Homecoming celebrations by new town firm Clyde Whiskies reminded local historian Pat Drayton that the burgh used to have its own distillery.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:42 )

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Winter Open Meetings

comet4The first Open Meeting of the 2016-17 winter season will be on Wednesday September 28 at 7.30pm at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, with other meetings in October, November, January, February and March.