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August 18, 1983

Although Hibs brought a strong team to Brechin on Friday for this pre-season friendly game, only a last-minute goal enabled them to finish level with the nippy homesters who were so much on top during the rest of the match that manager Ian Fleming reshuffled the team to give substitutes a game.

City got the first goal after only six minutes’ play before Hibs equalised in the 20th minute.

Thomson then put Hibs ahead in the 36th minute but three minutes later Brechin were back on level terms.

Brechin restarted with Scott and Alexander on for Elvin and Fleming.

For the first time Hibs took the upper hand, with Murray and Irvine particularly dangerous.

In the 62nd minute, however, Brechin sent on Eadie for Patterson and his speed and strength took new vigour to the home side.

In the 80th minute Ian Campbell scored his seventh goal in three outings.

In the dying seconds Hibs equalised making it Brechin City 3, Hibernian 3.

The fact that Montrose’s new caravan site at South Links has only 12 pitches for tents has disappointed holidaymakers and students arriving to take up seasonal work in the town’s factories.

Dozens of holiday makers have been redirected to Brechin because there are no vacant tent sites in Montrose.

Mr Authur Young, Northwater Bridge, is offering a reward for information leading to the recovery of his bathroom suite.

The bamboo-coloured Royal Doulton suite had been plumbed in at a house he is having built for a sawmill worker on the Lang Stracht near US Navy base at Edzell.

While he was on holiday thieves stripped the bathroom, removing the suite and other fittings from the house, including two exterior hardwood doors, three interior doors and brass door furniture.

August 20, 1992

Plans to open a snooker hall at 97/99 High Street received a set-back last week when an application to change the former discount store, “Paddy’s Market”, into a snooker hall with adjoining pool tables, was refused planning permission.

Director of planning Mr John Jepson noted that, although the location is identified for commercial purposes, thre are residents within the immediate vicinity.

He added: “The amenities of these premises would be directly affected by patrons of the snooker hall leaving the premises late in the evening.”

As part of the government’s drive for the efficient procurement of road construction the contract for the duelling of the A94 Brechin bypass has been awarded to Hendry Booth (Scotland) Ltd.

Although not the lowest cash tender, the company’s £9.07 million bid was shown by analysis of the increased durability of the design; the improved safety of the road and the reduced risk of cost escalation to provide a lower cost over the life of the road and therefore best value for money.

August 21, 2003

Thanks to a locally led campaign, Brechin is gearing up for life in the fast lane after hitting their customer registration targets for the high-speed internet service broadband.

BT Scotland engineers will shortly begin work to connect Brechin exchange to he broadband backbone network.

More than 160 Scottish exchanges have been allocated triggers, ranging from 150 to 500 customers. The trigger is based on the cost of enabling each exchnage - typically around £200,000.

On Friday, March 15, the registration target of 300 customers was met and this came as welcome news to Alec Graham, of Base 10 Computers, who led the local community campaign to bring broadband and its benefits to the people of Brechin.

Over the past two or three months a number of people have contacted Damacre Community Education Centre to ask about adult education.

The adult education association went into abeyance about two years ago because of lack of interest in helping organise classes. Because of the rekindled interest in adult education classes a meeting will be held to look at re-establishing Brechin Adult Education Association and offering classes.