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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 )

 

Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club

HELENSBURGH Lawn Tennis Club was established in 1884 at Suffolk Street on a field presented by ex-Provost Alexander Breingan.

Since then it has continued to flourish.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:12 )

From Hermitage to millions

DELIVERING newspapers and selling clothes were the humble beginnings from which a young Helensburgh man rose to become one of the most successful businessmen in the United States.

Millionaire Richard Tait, 42 year-old founder of the American board games company Cranium which he sold early in January 2008 to toy company Hasbro for £39 million, spent most of his childhood in the town before going to the States at the age of 21.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:05 )

Introduction of sheep to Loch Lomond

MOST histories of the area state that sheep were introduced to Glen Mallochan, a small glen leading off Glen Luss, by John Campbell of Lagwine in the parish of Cumnock.

Some date the event to 1747 specifically, others say that it occurred around 1750. However the much later date of 1769 has also been suggested as an alternative. I decided to try to determine the correct date.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:18 )

Helensburgh's sparkling history

OLD bottles mean a lot in the Helensburgh district because of its rich history of soft drink manufacture.

Many people collect old bottles from that era, while others often dig up complete or broken old bottles in their gardens. That is what happened to burgh man Charles Hood.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 June 2012 09:49 )

La Scala saved

ONE of Helensburgh's best known buildings was saved from demolition with the news that La Scala had been taken over by a nationwide pub chain. Now it has been transformed into a theme pub called The Logie Baird.

Barracuda, 2006 U.K. managed pub company of the year, spent £800,000 on developing the old cinema building at 8 James Street under its upmarket brand, Smith & Jones, with an emphasis on quality wine and food, and brought 30 new jobs to the town centre.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:08 )

The second Helensburgh Advertiser

THE second and current Helensburgh Advertiser was launched by Craig M.Jeffrey and his brother Ronnie in 1957, and the paid-for weekly has since become one of Scotland’s mostly highly respected local papers.

Few have made a greater impact on the life of Helensburgh and district in the past half century than Craig — a talented writer, a consummate salesman, a man of real character with a tremendous sense of humour, a 100 miles an hour man to those who knew him or worked for him.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:09 )

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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