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May 23, 1974: Brechin is to have a new scheme of sheltered housing on the site between City Road and Union Street.

Old property was demolished and the Town Council sold the ground to Angus County Council.

The site is presently being used as a car park.

The scheme is to be erected by the Help the Aged Housing Association.

It will consist of 22 flats and a caretakers house and the estimated cost is £190,000 or over £8,000 per flat.

The flats will be built on a two-storey block with stairs and a lift.

Some of the ground floor flats will be specially designed for people confined to wheelchairs.

The block will have its own common room and laundry.

A new feature will be the guest accommodation for any visitor who has to stay the night.

Four civilian drivers at Edzell US Navy Base were presented with safe driving awards by Capt. W. K. Martin, who commended the high standard of civilian driving at the Base.

Mr William Milne, Duriehill Road, Edzell, who has driven for the US Navy at Edzell for 13 years and previously with the RAF for three years, received the oak leaf bar to his 10-year medal.

His neighbour, Mr Charles Watson of Duriehill Road also received an oak leaf bar for 12 years’ safe driving at the Base.

Mr William McMorland, Barrelwell, was presented with the bar to his five-year medal for his nine-years’ service.

Mr Alexander Jolly, Drumachlie Loan, who has been with the Base for seven years but has only driven since 1972, was awarded a diploma.

May 24, 1984: Brechin City F.C. on May 10 completed a £20,000 sponsorship deal, the largest they have ever received.

The sponsors are jointly I.C.I Petrol and Octo Petroleum Services, Ltd., the local retailers of I.C.I. through the Octopus filling stations.

The two companies will jointly pay off the balance still due by Brechin City for their new grandstand.

In return the club will carry the company name on their strips for the next four years and provide them with advertising facilities at the Glebe.

The Dalhousie Estates’ trustees have told Inveresk Community Council that they have felt obliged to serve notice on Angus District Council that they do not intend to extend the lease of Edzell Muir after April 30 next year.

The decision follows the recent C.N.D. rally on the muir, for which the District Council granted permission without seeking the trustees’ consent.

The trustees claim this is required under the terms of the lease.

Before the Easter week-end rally took place, the trustees wrote to the district council claiming that the rally was outwith the terms of the lease.

They did not accept the bye-law provisions extended the terms of the lease, and said their attitude would be exactly the same no matter who was organising the rally.

They stressed that a gathering of any size or kind, which was not of a recreational nature, was outwith the use laid down by the lease.

If the lease was extended after next April, the trustees sought binding assurance from the council that a similar breach of the lease would not happen again.

The trustees received no reply to this letter, but were informed by the chief executive of the council that they could not consider the matter until some time this month.

As the terms of the lease require notice to be given by April 30 if it is not to be continued, the trustees felt obliged to serve notice that they did not, in fact, intend to extend it.

May 27, 1994: Brechin’s industrial sector has been given a huge boost with the confirmation that Angus District Council has completed an important deal.

The local authority has managed to purchase the former cannery site on Commerce Street, Brechin.

The acquisition is the result of an overall plan, which the council embarked on jointly with Scottish Enterprise Trust.

Its aim is to assist Kirpac Limited, who have also concluded an agreement to lease part of the premises from the council.

Kirpac Limited took over Tayside Foods in March, safeguarding many Brechin jobs.

Since then voluntary redundancies have had to be made to streamline the workforce.

Kirpac Limited has always promised that it has every intention of building on the Brechin end of their business.

This is the first real sign of the company settling on in Brechin to stay.

Thanks to the efforts of the district authority Brechin’s largest employer looks as if it is here to stay.

Brechin kids will be splashing around at the city’s paddling pool within the next few weeks.

Parents expressed their concern after finding the pool at Inch Park was lying empty last weeked – in the midst of once of the hottest periods of the year so far.

An Angus District Council parks and recreation spokesman put their minds at ease.

“We inspect and maintain all pools in the district,” he said.

“Work will be completed in the next fortnight and will be ready, as usual, for early June.”

Work has been in progress for the last three weeks, but there has been a problem with the paint finish, and they have had to blast off the paint.

However, the parks department assured Brechiners that it will be ready for the start of the holidays.