Down Memory Lane

40 years ago

Sidlaw Industries, Ltd. announced that they were to merge the activities of the Rockwell works of The Boase Spinning co., Ltd., Dundee, with those of the Denburn Works, Brechin of Sidlaw’s General Textiles Division.

This integration will be phased to take place between November 1, 1972 and March 31, 1973.

It will result in the concentration of all Sidlaw’s flax and man-made fibre weaving into one automated unit at Brechin and the closure of Rockwell Works.

During the integration period, the more modern machinery from Rockwell will be transferred to Brechin.

Rockwell employs in the region of 185 people. Although alternative employment will be offered where possible, redundancies will occur as production is moved.

30 years ago

that Brechin gardeners will “weather the weather” whatever it may be is a truism locally.

This year it seemed to have been against them all the way, the artic conditions early on, the cold spring, the hot, rainless spells and then as a final blow the rain and wind of the Sunday just before the annual show.

The marvel was that our horticulturists had anything to show at all, but all the visitors to the City Hall last Friday and Saturday were agreed that the standard of exhibits was extremely high; only the number of entries was down.

20 years ago

Over 100 entrants made this year’s Brechin Flower Show one of the best in recent years.

Horticultural Society vice-president Tom Drever said they had to extend the display area in the City Halls to cope with the number of flowers, plants, vegetables and floral art on show.

“It’s been getting back to the glory days when we used to fill the halls,” Mr Drever said.

“It’s been a bad season with the weather but Brechin gardeners seem to have been able to surmount all the problems.

“We are more than pleased with the show this year.”