From the archives: 50 years ago

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A bomb disposal unit was called to Brechin at the weekend to deal with four sticks of gelignite discovered in a shed at the rear of a shop in Montrose Street.

The gelignite had lain, undetected for years and when found it was in a dangerous “weeping” condition.

The disposal squad wrapped the sticks in cotton wool and took them to an old quarry, where they were exploded.

During the first three weeks of the fire-arms amnesty, which stated on August 5 and continued until October 30, Angus police had two rifles (one a First World War German relic), two revolvers, one service, and one automatic pistol of 194-1918 vintage, handed in at the various police stations in the area.

Between 700 and 800 rounds of ammunition of mixed calibre have also been handed in. There police will collect any weapons form people who, for one reason or another, cannot travel to their local station. There is, of course, no charge for this.

The craze for the hoarding of pennies has brought coiners into the business of producing ‘fake’ pennies.

Thus in the year 1933 only six pennies were actually produced by the Mint. Three of these are known to be under foundation stones and two are in museums. Last year a number of 1933 pennies sent to the Mint for verification were found to be forgeries.