ARGYLL and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara, with other guests including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Eric Thompson and representatives from the emergency services, joined people from Helensburgh and its twin town of Thouars in France to celebrate Bastille Day at a special ceremony in Helensburgh Parish Church on July 14.
For more than 30 years, the Helensburgh-Thouars Twinning Association has been welcoming each other to their respective towns and this year Helensburgh played host to group of 50 visitors.
Mr O’Hara said after the ceremony: ‘I am honoured to be part of this year’s Bastille Day celebrations. They have been particularly poignant as we remember those who lost their lives in the Nice terrorist attack and the people who have been affected by it. The ceremony was beautiful, the choir was wonderful and my congratulations go to everyone involved, particularly members of the twinning association who work so hard all year round raising funds to make these visits happen. I have met many people who have told me of the lifelong friendships formed over the years, with families and young people set to continue this link.’
THE NATIONAL Trust for Scotland’s Hill House in Helensburgh provided the backdrop to a stunning photo shoot by acclaimed Scottish designer Christopher Kane last month.
Kane was launching his Resort 2018 collection which took its inspiration from Scotland.
He approached the National Trust for Scotland about using the Hill House as the location for photographs of the collection as it was influenced by the work of Scottish designers and artists, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald, who collaborated on the Helensburgh home.
Christopher Kane said: ‘I came across a photograph of the Glasgow Four and it got me thinking about the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald and how their work influenced modern art and design.
‘It also made me feel proud and patriotic of this highly important movement which originated in Scotland and I wanted to celebrate that. This collection has subtle nods to this movement while also looking at my domestic working class roots.’
The photographs showcase the stunning and unique design of the Hill House to a global audience.