From the archives: 50 years ago

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On Sunday forenoon the Rev. L. J. A. Bell officiated for the last time as minister of the Gardner Memorial Church.

He now takes up his appointment as editor of the Church of Scotland’s monthly magazine ‘Life and Work’.

After the service, in which a very large congregation joined, presentations were made to Mr and Mrs Bell. Bailie Buchan presided and tributes were paid to Mr Bell by Mr David Young, church treasurer, and Mr J. M. Drummond Smith, Montrose,

The congregation’s gifts took the form of a large refrigerator, a wide-angle camera lens and a cheque. They were presented by My Andrew C. Cross.

Mrs Bell was presented with a beautiful table lamp and two fibre-glass trays by Miss Lena Buick, along with a bouquet,on behalf of the Woman’s Guild.

Angus Area Executive Committee is to support the campaign against the closure of Forfar passenger station.

It would be a severe handicap to farmers, it was stated. Mr D. Morgan Milne, North Mains of Turin, the president, said he had been at the station recently and he had been amazed at the amount of small goods handled there, such as parts for combine harvesters and other farming equipment.

They had all come by passenger train and if the station closed they would lose this advantage.