Opening the BMX track at Brechin, built as a Manpower Services Commission project, Mr Ken Sudworth said that the sport was “here to stay”.
Mr Sudworth, the Angus District Council official with responsibility for MSC projects, said £70 million was spent on the special bikes last year with a further £700,000 on accessories with 12,000 youngsters taking part in official contest.
They had built tracks at Kirriemuir, Carnoustie and Montrose and hoped that Brechin youngsters would be encouraged to enter competitions.
Mr Sudworth said that the Brechin site was the most picturesque they had worked on as the layout of the ground lent itself an ideal construction.
Police Constable John Ferguson has taken up duty as the Edzell bobby and he is as happy with his new post as Edzell folk are to have him.
While he has one of the biggest beats in Tayside, from his Edzell base to the uppermost reaches of Glenesk and Glen Lethnot, his prime responsibility will be Edzell village and the surrounding area which includes Little Brechin and Menmuir.