Delving back in time

March 8, 1960: A considerable number of employers, it is believed, are infringing the county regulations regarding the employment of children who have not reached the statutory school-leaving age.

These bye-laws are too numerous to set down but rector Anderson of Brechin High School has outlined those which are of most frequent application.

Children must have reached the age of 13 before they can work. Certain seasonal occupations, such as potato lifting, are exempted from this rule.

School Days: No child shall be employed on any school day for more than two hours, of which not more than one hour may be between the hours of:- (1) 6.30 am and 8 am for all the year; (2) 4.30 pm and 7 pm from April 1 to September 30; (3) 4.30 pm and 6.30pm from October 1 to March 31.

Non-school days.: No child shall be employed on any non-school day for more than five hours exclusive of meal hours; and no period of continuous employment shall exceed three hours, and that prior to a further period of employment an interval of at least one hour shall be allowed to the said child for a meal and rest.

The periods of employment must be between the hours of:- (1) 6.30 am and 7 pm from April 1 to September 30; (2) 6.30 am and 6.30 pm from October 1 to March 31.

These regulations do not apply to seasonal occupations, for which special conditions are laid down.

March 11, 1976: Contracts valued at more than £360,000 for the modernisation of 150 houses has been awarded by Angus District Council.

Four of the seven contracts - worth £197,838 - have been gained by the Montrose firm of Burness and Son (Montrose) Ltd.

The contracts are: Modernisation of 50 pre-war houses at Wards Road and Viewbank Place, Brechin (£69,875); modernisation of seven houses at Earlsdon House, including reroofing of flat roofs (£25,096); modernisation of 16 houses at Guthrie Park, Brechin (£46,605); redevelopment of six houses at Ladyloan, Arbroath (£56,262).

Other contracts included: - Modernisation of 19 houses at Drumachlie Park and Drumachlie Loan £21,752 (William Brand and Son, Arbroath).

March 14,1985: The most serious problem affecting the Brechin area is undoubtedly of an economic nature, according to the local plan published by Angus District Council last week.

This is characterised by an unacceptably high level of unemployment of around 20%, including a high proportion of 16-20-year-olds.

From October 1972 to October 1981, unemployment in Brechin rose from 3.7% to an estimated 17% with an underlying upward trend.

Brechin has suffered during the recession as a result of a narrow industrial base which was dependant on textiles, engineering and distilling, all of which had suffered cutbacks in employment levels, and/or production, the plan goes on.

This position had certainly not improved by the withdrawal of assisted area status in August 1972.