Helensburgh is a coastal town on the River Clyde and the Gareloch. It has beautiful views over the river and the surrounding countryside, being less than 5 miles from Loch Lomond.
There are several historical sites and National Trust properties in the area including the Hill House designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The town also was the birthplace of the pioneer of television John Logie Baird and has its own Internet TV service.
The former Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law lived in the town as a child. He was a chess player and former President of the Scottish Chess Association (now Chess Scotland). Continuing this theme, the current MP is Alan Reid who was a member of Ayr and Paisley Chess Clubs and represented Scotland.
The event was brought to Helensburgh on the initiative of Al Reay who unfortunately passed away. Allan Brown provides the following.
Al Reay. ( 1937 - 2012 )
Al was born in Croydon on 24th Sept.1937 and spent his first sixteen years there.
He joined the Royal Navy as an artificer apprentice in 1953 and served continuously until 1999, when he retired as Lt-Commander.
In retirement Al kept busy and served as a very hardworking LibDem councillor. He represented all in the community regardless of their politics, although he himself was a dedicated LibDem.
When approached for help with organising the 120th Scottish Chess Championship he liaised with the council and " smoothed the way for Alex & co. ".
Without Al Reay this event would not be happening in Helensburgh.
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