Down memory lane

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January 27, 1972

In his annual report on unusual birds seen in the county during the year Mr George Crighton, Brechin, says that just under 200 species were observed in 1971.

Three pairs of golden eagles nested in the glens. During the summer an osprey was seen on several occasions in the area of the River South Esk.

There were visits from even rarer birds. Mr Crighton saw his first Kingfisher near Edzell and a widgeon nested in Glenesk.

January 28, 1982

Following steady pressure from Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith for several years, the Community Council and other bodies, with regard to sign-posting on the Brechin bypass, the Minister for Home affairs and the Environment, has undertaken to re-examine the whole position.

Following an inspection by Tayside road engineers Brechin bridge was closed on Thursday to all vehicular traffic and also to pedestrians.

When the engineers looked for possible frost damage it was found that parapets had become separated from the decking.

January 30, 1992

A dramatic car chase through the streets of Brechin on Tuesday, ended when the pursued car collided with a taxi driven by Mr James Morrison in Montrose Street, opposite Queen’s Park.

Just before 1 pm the car had been stopped by police officers on routine traffic patrol on the A94 in an unmarked police car and one of the occupants made off in the vehicle.

The resultant pursuit brought the vehicles into the city, down Clerk Street, into Swan Street where witnesses saw both vehicles cut the corner at Amigo’s down High Street, Union Street and along Montrose Street.

At the bottom of Scott Street a bundle was seen to be thrown from the pursued car and at the top of Eastmill Road the collision with Mr Morrison’s taxi brought the chase to an end.

The driver of the suspect car ran off but was apprehended on the outskirts of the town.