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Jungle epic written in Cardross

AN AUTHOR of international best sellers wrote his first book during the ten years he lived in Cardross.

Bernard Attenborough, who used the pen name James S.Rand, became world-renowned as the author of exciting novels, mostly based in Africa.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:19 )

 

Teachers set up theatre

TWO creative Helensburgh teachers played a major part in the formation of the Scottish Peoples Theatre, which flourished in Dumbarton from 1938 and through the Second World War.

The SPT, which welcomed guests actors such as Andrew Cruickshank and Molly Urquhart, even staged a concert at Shandon Hydro for recuperating servicemen in 1944. It became the more modestly-titled Dumbarton Peoples Theatre after the war.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:20 )

Film singer seeks local roots

AN American songstress whose voice was used in place of Helensburgh screen star Deborah Kerr’s vocals in ‘The King and I’ is keen to trace her roots – which she believes may also lie in the burgh.

Marni Nixon — who was born Margaret Nixon McEathron in Altadena, California, on February 22 1930 and is known as ‘The Voice of Hollywood' — was working with Deborah on the big-screen hit when she learned from an historian that her family too came from the Helensburgh area.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:22 )

Sir James George Frazer: Anthropologist and author

PROBABLY the most honoured academic ever to be educated in Helensburgh was Sir James George Frazer, a leading social anthropologist, folklorist and classical scholar of his time.

Sir James was a key figure in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion, and greatly influenced writers and thinkers such as D.H.Lawrence, T.S.Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 09:49 )

Jimmy Logan: Showbiz legend

HELENSBURGH man Jimmy Logan OBE — a world famous and colourful Scottish actor and entertainer — served until his death in 2001 as the first honorary president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust and took a keen interest in the work of the Trust.

Jimmy Logan's connections with Helensburgh go back even to the time before he was born, as it was in Helensburgh that his parents, Jack Short and May Dalziel, met each other.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 February 2012 18:50 )

Rosa Templeton: Lifetime of art

WORKS by a Helensburgh artist whose work is not often seen are featured in the 2008 Anderson Trust exhibition in the Library in West King Street.

The exhibition includes a small collection of watercolours by Rosa Templeton (1867-1936) who came to the burgh when she was one and lived here all her life.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 June 2010 17:13 )

Deborah Kerr: Film star

HELENSBURGH film star Deborah Kerr, CBE, who died on Tuesday October 16 2007 at the age of 86, was born Deborah Jane Trimmer on September 30 1921 at 7.40 a.m. to Arthur Charles ('Jack') Trimmer, a civil engineer, and his wife Kathleen Rose, nee Smale.

The couple, who married in Lydney, Gloucester, on August 21 1919, lived in West King Street, Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:36 )

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First 2018 Open Meeting

Mike-Thornley-wThe first 2018 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday January 31. Mike Thornley will talk about the Glenarn garden at Rhu. Anyone interested most welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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