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Remembrance tribute to MAEE

EACH Remembrance Sunday a Poppy Cross is placed at the Rhu War Memorial on the village green in memory of men who died while serving at RAF Helensburgh in World War Two.

RAF Helensburgh was the cover name for a secret wing of the Royal Air Force, the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, which tested experimental flying boats.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 November 2015 19:06 )

 

Provost father of Clyde yachting

ONE of the outstanding men of Helensburgh’s past served as Provost of the burgh twice and is considered to be the father of Clyde yachting.

He is mostly referred to as James Smith of Jordanhill, but Donald MacLeod’s 1883 book ‘A Nonogenarian’s Reminiscences of Garelochside and Helensburgh’ states that he lived in the district almost all his adult life.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 November 2015 18:55 )

Brothers began lemonade industry

THREE brothers were the first people to engage in the large-scale manufacturing of aerated waters in Helensburgh.

The brothers Comrie from Glasgow had a strong family connection with the burgh as their father, Alexander, had been a Helensburgh-based builder from at least as far back as the 1860’s.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 November 2015 18:57 )

Sparkling episode in burgh history

THE TOWN of Helensburgh made a major contribution to the history of Scottish lemonade, thanks to businessmen such as James A.Reid.

This was recalled by a visitor to the town in September 2015. Ian Patrick and his wife Anne, who live in Bristol, travelled north to see where his great uncle, James Arthur Reid, lived and had his own pioneering lemonade factory.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 November 2015 12:02 )

Early days of Burgh Guiding

THE FIRST Girl Guide company in Helensburgh formally came into existence 100 years ago — and an account of its early days came to light recently.

Margaret Morrison, chairperson of the local Friends of Guiding, made the discovery.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 October 2015 18:20 )

Son of Manse — Inventor of Television

"MY earliest memory of him dates back to 1938 in the garden at our house in Sydenham, South-East London.

"He was muffled in an overcoat and scarf— he always felt the cold."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 October 2015 15:37 )

Gallant Major won MC twice

A HELENSBURGH man who died in 2000 at the age of 80 was reckoned to be the last remaining officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to win the Military Cross twice in World War Two.

John Henry Fleck Morton — known to all as Harry, which was also his father’s name — was born in Old Kilpatrick in 1920 but grew up in Helensburgh and spent much of his life in the town.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:27 )

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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.