Delving back in time

July 26, 1979

Members of Brechin City Football Club who attended the annual general meeting of the Club were able to see the plans of the new grandstand at Glebe Park, which the club are to erect between now and Christmas.

Mr David Will, club chairman, explained that the opportunity of providing a new stand was one which they could not afford to miss.

Mr Will was able to record the slow but steady improvement in the team’s performance which he had hoped for last year.

Financially the club had benefited very substantially from the City Club, Supporters’ Club and Angus Lottery.

Edzell Muir, the popular Angus picnic spot, is to be given a face lift by Angus District Council, backed up by a grant from the Countryside Commission.

In recent years the council have had problems over the car-parking on the Muir, clashing with pedestrians’ rights there.

Mr John Jepson, depute director of planning, states: “We plan now to have three areas on the Muir.

“We have one area for pedestrians, one area for car parking solely and an area of mixed use for cars and pedestrians.

“We don’t want to use old fashioned fencing to separate them off so they will be divided by earthen mounds and logs and picnic tables will be provided.”

The scheme will cost £33,000, of which the Countryside Commission will contribute £22,219.

Brechin, included in the Montrose area, is one of the towns downgraded from development area to non-assisted area in the government’s regional policy plans announced by Sir Keith Joseph, industry secretary.

These involve a cut of £45 million in regional aid to industry in Scotland.

Altogether 42 areas have been downgraded.

Brechin will be reduced from development area to intermediate area in August 1980 and to non-assisted in August 1982.

August 27, 1989

Police in Brechin are anxious to hear from anyone after four wooden seats were stolen the rear of the church at Stracathro Hospital.

The seats are approximately six feet long.

Police have been anxious to trace anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or any of any vehicle in the area on to which the seats may have been loaded.

The hunt is on for a suitable site for Edzell Youth Club.

Inveresk Community Council heard that at a meeting between village representatives on the community council, the community education service and the Northern College of Education, it was confirmed that a sectional wooden building, 55 feet by 20 feet, has been earmarked for the youth club and was in store.

The present youth club has 30 members up to the age of 15 and meets in the school only during the winter.

The council has been told there is a possibility of permission being granted to erect the wooden building in the grounds of Angus House, but members are confident that another reasonably secluded and accessible site will be found.

With the help of Mackie Motors and the Central Hotel, Edzell, Alan Budge and David Mitchell the Edzell based sidecar racers travelled to the Isle of Man last week to compete in the Southern 100 road races.

The two races are both nine laps of the 4.2 mile road circuit.

After completing both races Alan and David were placed second in the sidecar championship. They also received trophies for the best four-stroke sidecar and best newcomers.

July 29, 1999

Brechin and district Patients’ Association chairman Stewart Mowatt has vowed to continue to keep the pressure on those at the forefront of taking decision on the format local clinical services will have into the millennium.

Speaking after handing over the 25,000 signatures to the Scottish Executive offices, Mr Mowatt emerged in philosophical and determined mood.

Mr Mowatt said: “They listened to what we had to say, the made copious notes and they promised they would pass everything on.

“We emphasised that we felt Stracathro could stand on its own on health grounds alone, but we did make the point there are much wider issues involved as well, such as employment, transport facilities for the community, to name a few.”