Delving back in time

June 6, 1974: Brechin’s new £50,000 fire station in Scott Street was officially opened.

Present were the Provost with members of the Town Council and officials representing every fire station in the Brigade.

Mr Morton, chairman of the Angus Fire area joint committee, unveiled a commemorative plaque before a presentation was made to him by firemaster Jones, who remarked that Brechin was the third station to be opened since he took command of the area in 1969.

Sub-officer A. Smith, Brechin, was presented with his 20 years service medal.

The new building comprises a two-bay appliance hall, recreation and lecture rooms, station office, muster bay and ancillary rooms with a covered workspace at the rear.

The most up-to-date training facilities in the form of a drill yard, four-storey drill tower and an underground water tank of 2500 gallon capasity are also provided.

The number of unemployed in Brechin, reported at the meeting of the local employment committee at Arbroath was 106 (69 men, 31 women, 6 girls, no boys).

Unemployment in Brechin, it was pointed out, has been falling gradually since January an was expected to keep falling in the summer.

There are vacancies of all kinds open at present and the food canning industry will make heavy demands for workers very soon.

Most of the school leavers either had jobs arranged or were being interviewed by employers at present.

The percentages of unemployment in the Angus burghs was given as follows:- Arbroath and Carnoustie, 3.8%; Brechin, 2.4%; Forfar 1.6%; Montrose, 2.7%.

June 7, 1984: The choosing of the Civic Queen took place in the Nova Lounge, by courtesy of Messers. Swilinski and Aikenhead, on Friday evening.

Sponsors of the contest were the Nova lounge, Angus Steakhouse, Simpson’s Motors and Montrose Travel Agency.

This year’s contest had aroused exceptional interest. No fewer than 17 attractive young ladies had come forward and the judges, faced with so many bonnie lasses, had quite a daunting task.

The contest saw the Nova Lounge packed with mums, grans and friends of the contestants.

The entrants were judged on personality as well as looks and each one was interviewed by the panel of judges,

They finally decided to award the crown to a 16-year-old trainee hairdresser, Angela Hinshelwood.

Besides the title of Nova Civic Queen for the duration of Civic week, Angela also won a holiday to Spain for two. She was also presented with Avon cosmetics, a Sony voucher and a bouquet of flowers by Mrs Brymer.

June 9, 1994: Brechin’s Caledonian Railway has turned green after agreeing to take part in an experiment by the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

The Brechin Railway Preservation Society was approached to test out a revolutionary form of fuel in one of their diesel locomotives. This fuel uses oil seed rape as a large part of its ingredients.

Scientists developed this environmentally friendly “bio-diesel” for use in engines and they wanted to try it out on a large engine. An experiment was set up in order to find the average amount of fuel used, measure the decibels and test the heat and density of the fumes.

The engine ran up and down the line between Brechin and Bridge of Dun four times with three coaches attached using normal locomotive diesel.

Then it repeated the procedure with two coaches and one coach. At each stop its performance was examined.

The scientists returned to Aberdeen with the figures and then came back to Brechin with 200 gallons of oil seed rape biological fuel. The engine was drained of normal diesel and filled with this alternative fuel before the exact same tests were carried out again.

Professor Kirkwood remarked that it ran faster on the alternative fuel and seemed to perform better when pulling a heavy load. He also reckoned that the locomotive used between 10% and 12% less fuel than ordinary fuel.