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Rhu man was Wolves hero

A RHU resident of 23 years was a football star in his day . . . and then became a millionaire businessman.

Malcolm Finlayson, who died on November 26 1914, is considered to be the best goalkeeper Scotland never capped in the 1950s, starring for many years for Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 50,000 crowds and winning league championships in 1958 and 59, and the F.A. Cup in 1960.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2015 17:01 )

 

Catriona LeMay Doan: speed skater

AFTER 23 years of competitive speed skating in which she was a world no.1, the grand-daughter of a Helensburgh chemist, Catriona LeMay Doan, retired from the sport in 2006.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:51 )

Top rugby player became ref

A HELENSBURGH man whose international rugby playing career was interrupted by the Second World War went on to become a top referee. 

The late W.Copland W.Murdoch, or Copey to all who knew him, played for Scotland both before and after the war, and his name became famous in Scottish rugby circles.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 August 2011 16:44 )

Helensburgh hosted international

IT would be surprising to think of Helensburgh as a Hampden Park or a Murrayfield with Scotland playing England . . . but it happened on Saturday May 22 1965.

In almost constant rain, Craighelen Tennis Club hosted an international tennis match between the two countries and — as forecast — Scotland were hammered by 7 rubbers to 1 by an English team which included future Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:07 )

Helensburgh Highland Games revived

HELENSBURGH held a Highland Games in June 2008 at Ardencaple after a 56-year absence — and now it has become an annual event again.

The previous Helensburgh Highland Games was held on Saturday July 26 1952 at what was then known as Camis Eskan Park, and the second last was at the same venue on Saturday July 23 1949.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 June 2010 18:12 )

Tennis at 70

A REMARKABLE 70 year-old from Rhu retired in 2007 after fifty years working for the National Health Service — but she is still a tennis player and coach.

When Elspeth MacLean said “I don't intend to sit around during retirement”, it was very much an understatement.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:58 )

A Ne'erday tradition

THE annual New Year Swim at Rhu Marina at noon on January 1 each year continues a near 100 year-old tradition in the Helensburgh area.

Originally the swim at New Year was one of a series of sea swims held throughout the year in the Helensburgh area, including the Craigendoran Two Pier Swim from Craigendoran Pier to Helensburgh and the Rosneath Swim from Kidston Park to Rosneath.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:07 )

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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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