From the archives: 50 years ago

WHEN Brechin’s automatic telephone exchange was opened in September, the VIP from London who proposed the vote of thanks paid special tribute to the floral decoration at the Mechanic’s Institute. He had not seen a finer display even in a well-known south coast watering place where he had previously worked. This was just one of the compliments paid to Mr Gordon Haggart, parks superintendant, since he set himself, two and a half years ago, to make our Ancient City blossom like a rose.

Christmas posting at Brechin showed an increase of some 2,000 items over 1963 figures. Some 23 temporary workers were recruited, mostly students. The Drill Hall, Bank Street, was again equipped as a delivery office.