Delving back in time

June 15, 1967:

Yet another fine old Brechin couple celebrated their diamond wedding - Mr and Mrs Andrew Clunie. A party was held at St Drostan’s to mark the anniversary.

A demolition order is to be put on all houses in the tenement block at Kinnaird Place.

In his report of the property the surveyor said that by present day standards none of the houses were fit for human habitation and could not be made fit with reasonable expense.

The Secretary of State has approved tenders for the first 37 houses and five garages in the River Street re-development scheme. These amount to £101,931 17/1.

Site preparation costs amounting to £5532 have also been approved and the council ratified acceptance of the tender.

The late Miss M. C. Copper, in her will, bequeathed to the council, on certain conditions, her house at 14 Duke Street.

After hearing a report from the burgh surveyor the Council decided to modernise the house. There would be no grant, Mr Pitkethley said, since the amenities, if out of date, were all there.

June 18, 1987

It is not everyone’s idea of a holiday, but an enthusiastic group from Brechin Railway Preservation Society took a break from normal work to hump around two-ton, 32 ft panels of railway track.

They have now cleared the final major obstacle to begin running engines the full length of the Brechin to Bridge of Dun line.

Ian Laird, Andy McConnell, Mike Watson, Tam Gray and Bob Smith used up one of their precious holiday weeks to lay a 900 ft loop at the Bridge of Dun end of the line.

The society is optimistically going for a summer opening of the full length of line but will not be surprised if it takes until it is time for the Santa Specials.

It is eight years since B.R.P.S. was formed, four years since the lease for the line was signed and a few months since negotiations were completed for the final Bridge of Dun section - but there is no sign of diminution of enthusiasm.

At the graduation ceremony of the Army Apprentices’ College, Harrogate on Friday, June 5, 1987, apprentice James Petrie was awarded the Borough of Harrogate’s prize for “distinguished service to the community”.

James, 18, only son of Mr and Mrs Jim Petrie of Provost Buchan Road, Brechin and former pupil of Brechin High School has been at the college since June, 1985.

Following a well deserved leave, James continues his Army career with 4 Armoured Division Signal Regiment in Germany.

June 19, 1997

Litter louts are spoiling a popular city centre spot where Brechiners enjoy a picturesque seat to have their lunch.

The steps which lead down to Skinner’s Burn, across from the High Street from Flicks, were the subject of a face-lift recently by Angus Council.

Environmental enhancements improved the amenity of the area and the grounds surrounding the benches were landscaped.

However, the lack of rubbish bins is turning what should be a beauty spot into little more than a landfill site.

The fourth Brechin 24-hour road race took place at the weekend and it was hailed a great success.

Footsore and weary after their round the clock marathon effort, those that took part voted the event one of the best organised of its kind.

Angus Council’s recreation services sponsored the race to the tune of £300, which covered the cost of using Brechin public park, the changing facilities and staffing the race.

As a unique event in Scotland the race attracted entries far and wide, including Tyne and Wear, London and even South Wales.

Plans for the new Andover Primary School in Brechin were on show at the annual general meeting of Angus Access Panel last week.

Rose Jackson, the panel’s specialist adviser, had suggested modifications to the proposals for the building, which would improve the integration of diabled children within the school.

As a result of a meeting with staff from Angus Council’s architects department, the panel were pleased to report that these suggestions were incorporated into the design.