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Did Suffragettes set fire to yacht?

SUFFRAGETTES were blamed for setting fire to a huge luxury yacht in the Gareloch in 1913 . . . but did they?

The steam launch Beryl, owned by the 3rd Lord Inverclyde, was moored for the winter in Rosneath Bay and was gutted by a blaze five days before Christmas.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:15 )

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Future PM on the front page

AN IMAGE of a Helensburgh man dominated the front page of a major newspaper published in London 105 years ago.

The burgh man who was to become Prime Minister, Andrew Bonar Law, was on page one of the February 24 1912 edition of ‘The Sphere’ to mark his becoming the new Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:42 )

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New appeal 24 years after murder

A 2017 APPEAL for information to solve the mystery of the murder in Germany of a former pupil of Helensburgh’s Lomond School in 1993 received massive traditional media and social media coverage.

Christina Menzies, who was 16, was attacked and strangled near the British military airfield RAF Gütersloh after attending a disco in Club 47 at the base on June 12.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 July 2017 17:09 )

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Burgh is home for former US Ambassador

A RETIRED American Ambassador from the Cold War era who lives in Helensburgh was interviewed about his colourful career on successive Sundays on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Good Morning Scotland’ programme.

Francis J.Meehan, who is 93, spoke to Bill Whitelaw about life in America's Foreign Service.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:44 )

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Romance led to rejection

THE PRIME mover in the formation of Headline Helensburgh, the talking newspaper serving the blind and otherwise visually handicapped in the town and district, had her own remarkable story.

The now twice-a-month local news service on cassette first made its appearance at the end of December 1975, and it is the oldest registered talking newspaper in Scotland

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 December 2016 19:14 )

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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


  • 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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