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How did AA come to Dumbarton?
well it started with two people meeting, does that sound
familiar! The two people in question were Eddie F and the
other was the County Psychiatrist, Dr. Gilmour.
was in hospital when he first encountered AA and he had
the idea that he would stand a better chance of staying
sober if AA meetings were in the area where he lived.
He knew from his own experience that AA works and that others
in the Dumbarton area could benefit too, Dr. Gilmour heard
about this and approached Eddie, he said that if Eddie could
arrange for other AA members to come to meetings in the
Dumbarton area, then he would arrange a venue for them.
both kept to their word and AA was introduced to Dumbarton.
happened in June, 1960 and the first meeting took place
in the Community Centre in Church Street. Further meetings
were held in the Burgh Hall and the C.E. Centre. AA finally
established a permanent venue in the C.E. Centre.
two years later a second venue was established in the Lomond
Tea Rooms in Balloch. The meetings moved on a few occasion
until the day came when they moved to the Bank Street Clinic,
Alexandria where AA became firmly established.
1965 some 15-20 people were very much attracted to what
AA had to offer and as time progressed meetings were opened
in Helensburgh, Old Kilpatrick, Alexandria, Renton and other
venues in Dumbarton. By 1970 AA had it's own West of Scotland
Inter Group which covered the areas of Kilmarnock to Ayr,
Greenock, Bearsden, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Alexandria, Helensburgh
were in 1970 - 32 Groups in the West of Scotland and we
got together in Gourock and Inter Group was started at that
it stands today  Dumbarton has it's own Inter Group.
We now have 31 well-established groups.
a guess there is something like 800 people, very much involved
in all these groups.
has never looked back since those early days in 1960 and
AA has much to be thankful for, especially to those two
gentlemen - Eddie F and Dr Gilmour.
names have been involved in the writing of this brief history,
with the exception of Eddie F and Dr. Gilmour. The early
members have been of wonderful assistance, in gathering
this information and we thank them all.