A FASCINATING book that captures Gourock in times past and today has been penned by a keen historian.

John Fyfe Anderson, who lives in Bishopton, has been working on 'Gourock Then and Now' - a new title which captures the town in its seaside heyday and compares it to modern day.

The book, on sale locally at The Seagull Gallery on Kempock Street, was penned by the 71-year-old as part of his series on the history of various local towns.

Over the years, the author - who is also a Blue Badge Scottish Tourist guide - has covered the history of places like Kilmacolm, Carstairs and Houston, with this book being the latest in the collection.

Mr Anderson told the Tele: "I studied history at university and have always been very fascinated by the stories of local towns.

"I enjoy the research and uncovering stories.

"I do my own work but also speak to many local people to get as accurate a depiction as possible.

"Interestingly, when I was researching this book I found that thousands of people found Gourock attractive and moved here, with many spending their summers camping at Lunderston Bay.

"I hope that people who live here and those who have moved away but have a connection with the area will enjoy finding out more about the local history."

The book covers a large area and provides information on local landmarks such as Cardwell Bay, Kempock Street and Gourock Station.

As well as providing historical facts, it also has up-to-date photographs, snapped by John himself, so people can compare and contrast.

John usually spends his summers welcoming tourists at Greenock's Ocean Terminal, but sadly has missed out on the season due to Covid-19.

He added: "It was a real shame not getting to speak to visitors this year, it was missed.

"I am hoping that things will be back to normal for the cruise ship season next year."

The book can also be purchased online from www.stenlake.co.uk.

For those without internet access, it can be ordered by calling 01290 551122.