Delving back in time

May 2, 1985: Overall unemployment figures were slightly down in Angus last month, the district council’s industrial development committee heard.

The drop of 123 in the figures of 4752 was, however, not as great as in other areas of Tayside, it was noted.

Provost Andrew Welsh said it appeared to him that unemployment was only coming down in “dribs and drabs” and that the figures would surely surge back up again come the end of the school year.

The chairman, Councillor Brian Milne, Arbroath, said : “The fact that there were now 783 young people out of work chasing only eight vacancies was a disaster.

“To be thrown out of work for any person is terrible but to be thrown on the scrap heap at the age of 16 is a disaster.”

Provost Welsh added that it seemed as if many of these youngsters were doomed to be members of a lost generation.

May 3, 2001: The fingernails of supporters of Brechin City Football Club will be in for some punishment this Saturday afternoon, when their heroes in red take on Cowdenbeath at Central Park – needing a win to secure promotion to the second division.

For the fourth time in 12 years, a fine season from the Glebe Parkers can be rewarded with the ultimate accolade on the last day of the season.

City chairman David Birse asked the local community to get behind the team for the last time this season and his plea looks likely to be rewarded with a mini-exodus leaving the city not for the first time this campaign.

May 5, 2005: The managing director of Fife-based soft drinks manufacturers and wholesale distributors, Woodrow’s of Dunfermline, announced that the firm was pulling out of Brechin.

The closure of the soft drinks depot in Commerce Street, known as the Duke factory, took place at the end of the week.

Managing director Andrew Gillies, commented: “I’m afraid the depot in Commerce Street closes tonight.

“There are eight people involved in the staff there and some of them have been offered jobs at other locations but we still don’t know at this stage who’s going to take anything up.

“Some of the staff might relocate now or might relocate at a later date but we don’t know at this stage.”

The Duke factory was a long-established soft drinks distribution depot, having been operated by Aberdeen firm William Hay and Sons prior to being taken over by Woodrow’s.