Down Memory Lane

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January 13, 1972

The Council accepted a tender of £78,826 from Alexander Hall, Aberdeen (the lowest of five received) for the final 24 houses in the River Street re-development scheme.

Owing to delay in acquiring sites for these 24 houses. the contractors, Fraser Construction Company, intimated that because of rising costs there would have to be an increase in the tender.

When the increase was found to be over 40 per cent the Council decided to ask for competitive tenders.

On Monday the Provost said that the decision had saved them a considerable sum of money.

January 14, 1982

Serious damage was done by fire to the furniture store at the top of Bank Street last Wednesday.

Had it not been that the alarm was given when the fire was still smouldering it could have spread and endangered neighbouring property.

It was Mrs Rachael Wilson who saw smoke coming from the shop roof.

She had been smelling smoke all evening she said.

Two units of the fire brigade attended. Wearing breathing apparatus they were able to bring the outbreak under control, but not before beds, wardrobes, carpeting and fittings had been destroyed in the blaze. There was also considerable damage to the building, and damage from fire and smoke throughout the building.

January 9, 1992

Rumours that Flicks Nightclub in Brechin is to be closed shortly have been labelled “nonsense” by management.

Director Mike Swilinski said at the weekend that although the club is up for sale there are no plans to shut.

Flicks was founded in 1985 and attracted bus loads of visitors from as far afield as Newcastle.

In September 1988 it was taken over by Caledonian Associated Cinemas, with Mr Swilinski and his partner Stuart Aitkenhead as executive directors.