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Denburn Works may go on to a three-day week as from next week because of a short order book.

The factory is in the Sidlaw Industries group. Notification has bene given to the Brechin work force that it maybe necessary to go on to short-time working. Workers will be informed on the Wednesday about the situation for the following week.

“It may start this month, but it is not absolutely certain,” said a company spokesman.

The number of staff affected could be up to 150, and the situation will be reviewed form week to week. This it the first time that short time working has threatened Denburn Works for several years.

Alan J Paterson, a former pupil of Brechin High School, who won the Geography Medal at the University of St. Andrews last year, has this year gained the Walker Trust Award of £100.

He has also been accepted as a member of the Icelandic Expedition team, sponsored by the Royal Society and led by Dr G. Bolton of the University of East Anglia, which will spend six weeks in Iceland this summer. The team fliers to Reykjavik on June 23. Alan will be based in Hofn in East Iceland and will be studying “Structural Morphology of push Moraines”.