Delving back in time

January 22, 1918: On Saturday the severe frost of the preceding days gave way place to a sudden thaw and, as is usually the experience in such circumstances, considerable damage was caused by the water pipes.

Shortly after mid-day, showers of sleet began to fall and continued intermittently throughout the afternoon and night. The streets were covered with hard trodden snow and the rain and sleet rendered them very treacherous.

On Saturday night and Sunday the full effect of the exceptional frost began to be felt.

The plumbers, like other tradesmen, are greatly reduced in numbers these days and at the weekend they seemed to be wanted in every street at once.

Not for many years have the plumbers had such a busy and perplexing time and they will have plenty of work for some time to come.

Brechin has some reason to be proud of its good behaviour during the year that has passed.

In his annual report Chief Constable Smart states that no crime of a serious nature was committed in the burgh during 1917 and the number of offences dealt with by the police was only 95, or 36 fewer than the previous year.

The number of persons whose conduct merited the attention of the police was 80 – considerably less than half the average number of delinquents in the pre-war years, 35 fewer than in 1916 and 32 less than the previous year on record.

Mr Jas. Duthie, Cookston Croft, received intimation that his sixth son, Pte. George Duthie, of the Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on December 29. He was only 19 years of age.

Pte. Bert Hay, of the King’s Royal Rifles, the youngest son of Mr C. Hay, Kirktown, St Cyrus, died of wounds on January 5. He was 22 years of age, and previous to enlistment was employed as a baker.

Pte. Alex Middleton, of the New Zealanders who has been killed in action, was the son of Mr John Middleton, Gardyne Street, Friockheim, and was 26 years of age.

January 19, 1943: The recommendation of the Joint Industrial Council for Local Government Services, approved by the Finance Sub-Committee, that male manual workers should have a further advance of 1s 6d per week (bringing their total war advance to 15s 6d per week) was agreed to.

A similar recommendation with regard to administrative, clerical and technical staffs was also agreed to, the new increases being 4s per week for under 18 year of age; 18 - 21 - 6s; over 21 and salary under £250 - 13s 6d (males), and 10s (females). Salary over £250 and under £500 - 12s 6d and 9s 6d.

Moving the committee’s recommendation, Honorary Treasurer Eddie pointed out that the increases applied to nine members of their staff, vis., the Town Clerk, Burgh Surveyor, City Chamberlain, Town’s Officer, the Surveyor’s and the City Chamberlain’s clerkesses and three apprentices.

The Medical Officer of Health’s report for November intimated two cases of pulmonary tuberculosis, one of non-pulmonary tuberculosis and one of erysipelas in the burgh in the month.

January 22, 1976: Angus Development Committee approved a £400,000 private housing development at Brechin.

Barrat Developments (Aberdeen) Limited propose the erection of 26 four-apartment houses, 38 three-apartment houses and four two-apartment houses at the Golf Road Park development in Brechin.

At a meeting of Angus Planning Committee it was reported that two advance factories were to be built in Kirriemuir and Brechin.

Each would employ 20 people and could be in production next year.

The site selected for the Brechin factory was between the Matrix works and South Esk Street.

Plans for the two factories have been initiated by the Scottish Development Commission to help arrest rural depopulation in towns with a population of 10,000 and under.

Members of Brechin Community Association on Monday had an opportunity of discussing the District Council’s draft proposals for the Community Council to be set-up for this area and various objections are to be made to Forfar.

The draft proposed that the Ccouncil should have 18 members, of whom six would be elected by organisations in the community.