From the archives: 50 years ago

The demolition work presently being carried out on the north side of Montrose Street in connect with the third stage of the re-development scheme means the loss of a single store building which has some claim to fame.

A plaque on the east wall points out that it was the birthplace of the poet Alexander Laing, the author of the Jacobite ditty, ‘The Standard on the Braes O’ Mar’.

For the past 25 years the premises have bene used by Mr Frank Mollison as a gentlemen’s hairdressing shop and now Mr Mollison, unable to find other suitable accommodation, has given up business. He closed his shop for the last time at the week-end.

Brechin City have signed three players of the weekend.

On Saturday manager Gilmartin travelled to Glasgow and fixed up two Albion Rovers players who impressed the committee in their visits to Glebe Park last season. They are centre-half or full-back Tommy Loughran and inside-forward Stephen McIlwraith.

Loughran, the tallest player in the Second Division - he is fix foot four inches -will provably be played at full-back, enabling ex-Tannadice defender, Alex Stewart, to be switched to the left wing.

The third player to be signed was young Billy Jackson, ex-Berwick Rangers.