Delving back in time

June 20, 1871:

On Saturday afternoon a rather exciting affray took place on the Trinity Muir.

Several boys who had been playing cricket on the Muir, at a break in the game, went down to the well to have a drink.

They left their jackets lying on the grass.

The tenant of the lands at Trinity went and lifted the clothes, declaring that the boys had been putting stones into the trough.

The boys, however, denied this and asked that their jackets be delivered up, which was refused.

This was more than the young lads could stand and a show of fight was at once made, the man using his stick pretty freely but the bats and wickets were too many for him.

A young man came from the cottage to his assistance but, by that time the number of boys, who had run from all parts of the Muir, had increased to nearly 200 and the two had to run for it and take shelter in a shed at the end of the house but still keeping possession of the jackets.

A shower of stones was kept up on the shed until, at a lull, one of the besieged men fired a gun or pistol, which redoubled the fury of the boys, who discovered by taking a side-throw, the stones entered the shed.

This had the desired effect, for in a very short time the jackets were thrown out, after which the boys went away peacefully to finish their respective games.

Shortly after the younger of the two men sallied forth and was to have his revenge, but before he had got finished with his opening address, the young players had all gathered round him and before he had given more than half-a-dozen strokes he was the centre of fire from one hundred boys and once again had to run; but this time he had to take up the field to the north of the Muir and was kept there until his wrath had time to cool.

Notwithstanding that the wife of the tenant took an active part in the proceedings (with her tongue), not a stone was thrown at her until she took to the stones herself . She, however, was quickly disposed of.

June 23, 1983

The City of Brechin Pipe Band lodged a protest with the Brechin Civic Week organisers after having been asked to “move on” by the police during a street performance.

Police said that had acted on information after having been told that, although permission had been applied for to enable the pipe band to play in the streets, it had not been received.

There had been only one complaint affecting the Guthrie Park area.

June 25, 1992

A bombshell was dropped on Brechin on Tuesday afternoon when Don & Low Limited announced at a press conference the closure of Valley Works in Brechin, ending 150 years of textile production at the River Street factory.

Personnel director W. Barclay Low and operations director Alister Wilson were at pains to point out that they regretted very much having to close the Brechin operation and stressed that it was hoped to develop Brechin as a labour catchment area and offer school leavers and others the same job opportunities as they did before.

All 91 Brechin jobs will be transferred to Canmore at the same rate of pay and same working pattern.

Free transport will also be laid on for all the transferred workers.

All of the equipment at Brechin will be distributed to other locations throughout the group - none of it is being sold.

The North Port Distillery moved a step closer to demolition last week after Angus councillors gave the go-ahead for a supermarket on the site.

Attaching various conditions to others already recommended by officials, members agreed unanimously to back the Malcolm Developments Limited plan in principle for the retail scheme in Gallowhill.

The scheme takes a clear lead in what was a two-horse race after members put back another supermarket application for the Simpson’s garage site in Cookston Road.