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Sniper killed burgh naval officer

A YOUNG Helensburgh naval officer who was a nephew of Andrew Bonar Law was shot by a sniper in a World War One trench battle.

Sub-Lieutenant John Pitcairn Robley, whose aunt Annie was the wife of the future Prime Minister, was the younger son of dairy proprietor William Pitcairn Robley and his wife Edith.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 November 2016 19:12 )

 

Worst and best of days in the 1930s

I WAS awake but I did not want to open my eyes. My head and throat hurt, just like yesterday.

My Dad spoke to me and I saw him and my sister by my bed. Just then Mrs Cameron, a neighbour, came into view.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 November 2016 18:31 )

Stunning year for Gordon Reid

PARALYMPIC gold has been the highlight of a quite outstanding 2016 for Helensburgh wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid.

The year began with his first Grand Slam title — victory in the men’s singles at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 October 2016 18:40 )

Burgh MAEE man escaped from sunk sub

A HELENSBURGH man who made a dramatic escape from a mini-submarine in Loch Striven serves as an example of the talent to be found in the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two.

Joiner’s son Duncan Gay was born in Helensburgh on March 15 1913, and educated at the then Hermitage School in East Argyle Street. He started his career in dental mechanics and prosthetics.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 October 2016 16:45 )

World record set on Loch Lomond

LOCH LOMOND is world-famous for its beauty, history and romance — but it not so well known as the scene of a successful attempt on the world waterspeed record.

On July 18 1932, Kaye Don set a new record in Miss England 111, when he was timed at 119.81mph.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 October 2016 13:06 )

TV comedy features burgh actress

A WELL-KNOWN Helensburgh actress is one of the stars of a new Channel Four comedy series currently being shown.

‘Damned’, a six-part series starring Jo Brand and Alan Davies, features Georgie Glen (right), who is perhaps best known for her many appearances in Waterloo Road, the BBC-1 TV schools drama series which ended in March last year.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 October 2016 11:56 )

Paper chase led to surgery windfall

A SHABBY minute book, dating back to 1906, was the starting point for a paper chase that led to a windfall of £900 for Arrochar's local GP surgery.

The minute book of Arrochar Parish Sick Nursing Fund had been kept for over fifty years by Elizabeth Carson, the daughter of County Councillor John H.Carson, who was one of the last signatories on the fund's bank account.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 October 2016 17:43 )

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Final Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
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