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FEBRUARY 13, 1964: This recent archaeological “find” at East Drums caused no little excitement at the farm and amongst those who have seen the cist.

The museum officials told Mr McCall that it was one of the finest they had excavated.

The farmer was particularly struck by the pleasing formation of the beaker which is ornamented with a diamond design.

The cist is in a field about 600 yards above the farmhouse. Countless generations must have ploughed over the land without laying bare over the cist.

Recently a new style of bar-point plough has been used for ploughing at the farm

Two attractive student teachers from Aberdeen Training College popped along to the Y.M on Thursday evening to judge the dancing contests arranged for the Junior Dancing Class.

Miss. Sheila N. Stuart from Laurencekirk and Miss. Sheila M. Green, who belongs to Orkney, had a difficult task to choose the winners from over 90 keen young dancers.

Their final choice for the under-eight group were Margaret Fitchet, Vivien Leonard, Sandra Brown and Katrina Beattie and the over-eight winners were Norlando Gallaccio, Raymond Cameron, and James Barclay.

During the past few months many new lads have joined the Association with the result that the tables are fully booked each evening, particularly for table tennis.

It is hoped to raise several teams to play other clubs in Angus and Kincardinshire. The Y.M.C.A is confident that its strongest team will prove its worth against any opposition and the lads are willing to meet any club on its home ground.

FEBRUARY 13, 1975: Edzell Youth Club is to be restarted.

The Youth and Community Service Department of Angus Education Committee has agreed to the move following a meeting in the village attended by over 30 young people and several adults.

The club will be primarily for the 14 to 17 age group but Mr.Alan Ferguson, youth and community worker for the Brechin area, has stated that the lower age limit may be extended.

He has had several meetings to try to find possible leaders for the club and those who have agreed to help are Mr A. Robertson, baker, Mr Alistair Simpson, butcher, and Mrs A. Ferguson, wife of the policeman at Edzell.

Edzell had a thriving youth club for several years under Mr Gilmour Paterson, a Laurencekirk school teacher who lives in Montrose.

He gave up following his retiral from school but there has always been a feeling that, as soon as new leaders could be appointed, the club should re-start.

Initially, the club will meet on Tuesday evenings in the school but it is hoped to extend this to two nights a week when more leaders are available.

FEBRUARY 13, 1986: Mr. John Gilmartin, who has died suddenly at the age of 64, will be as sadly missed at Stracathro Hospital as in local football circles.

Mr Gilmartin was physiotherapist to Arbroath F.C and also manager of Brechin City FC.

He was taken ill at the team’s cup-tie against Clyde on February 3 and died in Stracathro Hospital on Thursday.

Mr Gilmartin was born at Linwood and educated at Paisley. He joined Hibernian FC as a sixteen-year-old in 1937. He played for the club as a winger until 1946. He also played for Stirling Albion for a period.

John trained as a physiotherapist in Glasgow. During the war he served with the Medical Corps in Africa. He was appointed to Stracathro Hospital and spent all his hospital career there, latterly in the senior position of district physiotherapist.