40 years ago
Members of the Brechin and District Floral Art Club had a most enjoyable evening at their opening meeting last Thursday. The S.A.F.A.S speaker, Mrs J Blair, Glenrothes, further enlivened her colourful demonstrations with entertaining reminiscences of her recent trip to Malta and the amusing sayings of school pupils.
30 years ago
Brechin Community Council was told at its meeting last week of the success of the tourist information caravan by Mr Conan Ritchie, whose idea the caravan originally was. Mr Ritchie heard that during the season there had been around 1000 visitors, representing about 26 nationalities. It was still being used.
Paying tribute to the good work put in by the voluntary staff Mr Ritchie thought that one of the reasons for the success of the caravan was that motorists were able to part opposite, whether travelling north or south.
Impressed by the success of the caravan Angus District Council is to install a telephone next season. The caravan was provided by another member of the Community Council, Mr Allan Murray.
20 years ago
The CAMPAIGN to retain services at Stracathro Hospital, near Brechin, was stepped up on Sunday campaign was launched.
At a meeting in Brechin, called by east Angus MP Andrew Welsh and the local SNP branch, over 120 people turned out to hear the speakers and put their own views on the speculation surrounding the hospital.
Tayside Health Board Chairman James Macfarlane was invited to attend but declined, saying the review of acute services in the region is at an early stage and it is too soon for a wider consultation.
The review has been set up as it is estimated that the number of acute beds required in Tayside will drop by around 20% by the turn of the century. Concern has been voiced locally that a cut in acute beds would be the first step towards total closure.
Mr Welsh condemned Mr Macfarlane for not attending the meeting and the health minister Lord Fraser who was also invited.