TEN years ago, Helensburgh community councillors debated the idea of twinning the town with a Danish community.

Take a look back at how we reported the story on March 5, 2009.


AS Helensburgh marks 25 years of entente cordiale with its twin town of Thouars in France, there has been a move to join up with another European community - in Denmark.

The suggestion to befriend another town was made by Ian Fraser at the monthly meeting of Helensburgh Community Council.

He said: “Thouars is twinned with other towns apart from Helensburgh and it would be good to have us twin with another town which is similar.”

The suggested community is Korsør, a town in the Zealand district of Denmark, which is situated approximately 45 minutes from Copenhagen.

Mr Fraser said: “Twinning with this town is up for discussion to see if it would be ok.

“It has similarities with Helensburgh. Korsør has a population of about 14,500 people, about the same as Helensburgh, and is on the west coast of Denmark. It also has a main naval base and has a large bridge.

“It may be worth approaching them to see if they would like to twin with us.”

Nigel Millar, Community Council chairman, said he was uncertain as to who would be involved, whether it was their own organisation or Argyll and Bute Council. Helensburgh Councillor Ellen Morton pointed out that it would be the Community Council’s responsibility.

She added: “There are a number of twinning towns in place. Oban wanted to twin with another town and brought it to the council’s attention and they were told that there would be no extension if there was any cost to the council.

“Any town can pursue twinning but they need to finance it themselves with funding.”