Delving back in time

April 8, 1982: The first Scottish-American Pinewood Derby, sponsored by the American Cub Pack 585. U.S. Navy Security Group Activity, R.A.F., Edzell, was held on Sunday, March 28, in the station gymnasium.

The Pinewood Derby, an American Cub Scout tradition, provided an opportunity for Pack 585 to return the hospitality shown to our boys on many occasions by Scottish units.

In addition, Pack 585 joined in the worldwide celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the World Scouting by Lord Baden-Powell. 1982 is known in Britain as the “Year of the Scout”; in the U.S. the slogan is “Footsteps of the Founder”.

Mr Malcolm Nicholson, Craigellachie Cottage, Edzell, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday received a telegram from the Queen as well as the good wishes of Tayside Regional Council, Angus District Council and Edzell Village Improvement Society.

A native to Skye, Mr Nicholson spent his early years in the Army rising to the rank of Company Sergeant Major.

After leaving the Army Mr Nicholson was for a time a farmer in Canada before retiring to Brechin to become a Security Officer with a Brechin firm.

He made his home in Edzell and married a local lady. After retiring he had various jobs, including lambing in Glenesk and groundsman at the U.S. Base at Edzell.

April 3, 1986: Well over 2000 people in Tayside and Fife have approached the Department of Health and Social Security claiming exceptionally severe weather payments since the scheme was announced at the end of last month.

Now the payment has been extended to cover the whole of February and the first three days in March, so D.H.S.S. officials are preparing themselves for another flood of applications.

The entire month of February was declared a “period of exceptionally severe weather,” making it possible for the D.H.S.S. to bring its cold weather payments into play.

Brechin and District Round Table are now funding plans for their 1986 charity fund-raising event which will be used to purchase a new Electrocardiograph machine for Brechin Health Centre.

The new machine will replace a similar machine, previously donated by the Round Table in 1975, which after regular use with patients suffering heart conditions, has now seen better days.

April 4, 2002: A much needed shot in the arm to the economy of the area was delivered last week with the announcement that 100 new jobs are to be created at RAF Edzell.

A Brechin man has been very much instrumental in bringing the new lease of life to the former US Navy base, helping to spark its transformation from a ghost community to a thriving business park.

Consafe Engineering (UK) Limited are already manufacturing in one of the existing hangers at the former RAF Edzell base and will bring a workforce of 150 people to the area. A hundred of these will be new jobs, a mix of contractors and new employees, while the remaining 50 shall be transferred from Consafe’s Aberdeen operation.

Consafe has been building modular accommodation for the offshore oil and gas industry for over 30 years and have made this move to RAF Edzell in support of their diversification strategy.

Good things come to those who wait. And surely there was no better place for Brechin City to finally celebrate being crowned Division three champions than at their own Glebe Park on Saturday.

Brechin have been claimants to the championship for what seems like forever- they have been on top of the league since the very first day of the season back in August - but the final whistle on Saturday confirmed what everyone in the third divisions already knew, Brechin City were indeed a team of champions.

The one-one draw earned against Peterhead, coupled with Dumbarton losing to Elgin City, was enough to mathematically clinch the division title, sparking wild scenes of celebrations among supporters, champagne popping from players and much hearty handshakes and back slapping among the committee men.

The nation’s media descended on the Glebe to record the moment the first team in Britain won a league title.