October 5 1972
A new barrack block costing an estimated £240,000 to hold 110 single men is planned for the U.S Navy base at Edzell. Captain W. K. Martin, commanding officer, told Brechin Rotary Club at their meeting last Thursday that there was no definite decision as yet but there were reasonable hopes of a start, one year from now. Captain Martin explained that there had been an increase in the personnel of the base since May of nearly 200. The number was now 630 and would possibly level off at a maximum of 650. He also said that they were hoping to negiotiate an arrangement whereby local contractors would build accommodation for lease to the US Navy and there was now some indication, following on the North Sea oil developments, that this proposal was being received with interest.
October 7, 1982
Watches and bracelets, valued at £40,000 were stolen form the boot of a locked car parked at the Stracathro Milk Bar on the A94. The watches were being carried in a silver Ford Cortina which was being driven by the representative of a jewellery firm, who stopped for a meal.
On his return he found that the boot had been unlocked and a large quantity of watches and bracelets had been stolen. The snack bar was full but no-one noticed the robbery. It is thought that the victim stopped regularly at the Milk Bar on his way north and that the thieves were aware of this and timed the operation accordingly. Customers and vehicles were searched by the police before they were allowed to leave the Milk Bar and road blocks were set up and drivers searched between the Upper and Lower Northwater Bridge and Dundee city boundary.
OCTOBER 1, 1992
An Edzell woman has won a year’s free BP petrol in a national competition. Mary Rose Harkin, of Inchbare, was delighted to hear she was one of the 50 winners from 15,000 entries who will win £700 of BP vouchers to spend in the petrol station shops.
But Mrs Harkin was also surprised as she had not entered the competition. It was in fact her husband, Hugh, who had put his wife’s name on the entry form.