From the archives: 40 years ago

This year’s Playscheme was again held in Damacre School.

The children enjoyed many indoor and outdoor activities such as art work, snooker, table games and football and basketball.

The Playscheme again had the use of the High School swimming pool and the games hall and activities in these proved very popular with the children.

Mini-bus trips were also very popular and the children enjoyed visits to Mr Hinchcliffe’s new Museum in Edzell, the Standing Stones at Aberlemno and other places of interest.

An electrical apprentice from Brechin is among the first of 6,800 apprentices and trainees to have completed a pioneering training scheme designed to make an apprentice more useful on site at an earlier stage.

He is 17-year-old William Christison of Queen’s Park, who works for the electrical contracting firm of G. S. Stenson & Co., Ltd., of Laurencekirk.

The scheme is designed by the Construction Industry Training Board to provide six months off-site initial training for apprentices.

This gives them the chance to acquire basic skills of their craft and makes them more immediately useful, productive workers when they go, full-time, on site.