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1921 Swimming Gala628 viewsThe Meechan brothers took this picture of crowds watching a swimming competition on a June Saturday on the east side of Helensburgh pier, 18 years before the town's outdoor swimming pool opened. Some of the boats are the town's old jollyboats, which used to be laid up beside the East Esplanade.
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Paddling pool448 viewsAnother image of children playing in the now removed paddling pool on Helensburgh's West Esplanade. Image circa 1951.
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Beauty Contest1001 viewsEntrants for the 1962 Helensburgh Beauty Contest parade at the outdoor pool on a wet and cold September day.
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Aerial view to west1008 viewsA view of the west side of Helensburgh town centre, including the Old Parish Church, the old Granary building at the foot of Sinclair Street, the outdoor swimming pool, and the Tower Cinema and Pender's Garage in Colquhoun Square — all now demolished. Image date unknown.
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World War Two Sea Cadets159 viewsHelensburgh's Ajax Company of the Sea Cadet Corps pictured at their 1944 Summer Camp at Stanley Park, Blackpool. Back row: ?, William Hardy, Hugh Dawson, Ian McPhail, George Hood, William Fyfe, William Daly, ? Dewar, ?; middle: Alastair Clow, ? McKechnie, Jim Hosie, Thomas Dickson, Lieutenant McLean, William Paterson, Thomas Dawson, Robert Hailstones, ?; seated: Leslie Ward, Thomas Isbister, ?. Image supplied by Robert Hailstones.
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Olympic Medalist Bobby MacGregor1155 viewsHelensburgh-born Scottish and British champion and world record holder Bobby MacGregor gave a demonstration swim at the Helensburgh Swimming Club Gala in the outdoor pool in August 1964. Son of a former burgh pondmaster, he went on to take silver in the 100 metres freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics a few weeks later.
Now an architect, Bobby moved to Helensburgh some years ago.
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Paddling pool694 viewsThe Helensburgh seafront paddling pool at the foot of John Street, which was later demolished. Image date unknown.
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Helensburgh Cenotaph1100 viewsAn old photograph of the Cenotaph in Hermitage Park. Today the lettering of the names of the fallen is weather-beaten, and for safety reasons the pool is kept empty.
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Craigs Pool299 viewsA view of the most popular summer picnic area in Glen Fruin, Craigs Pool. Image, circa 2006, supplied by Gordon Fraser.
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No Chaps!1000 viewsFive lady swimmers play dominoes in Helensburgh Outdoor Pool in the 1930s.
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The Swimming Pool1567 viewsHelensburgh's outdoor pool. Undated, possible the 1960s.
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697 viewsThe Christmas card of the Training Ship Empress which was moored in the Gareloch off Kidston Point from 1889 to 1923. Image supplied by Robert Pool, whose great grandfather James McDonald was a boy on the Training Ship Cumberland and a teacher on the Empress.
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