Brechin may be the local paper of our 7,000-or-so residents, but it stil has an international following, mainly thanks to our internet sites.
Ethel Dillow, nee Massie, commented on our Facebook page: “I’m from Brechin, have lived in the USA for 40 years, but still love reading the Brechiner.”
Ethel, who formerly lived in Dovewells Drive, near the Springfield House area, continued: “I live in Maryland USA. Yes, I read [The Brechiner] online and love it. Still know a lot of the people.”
When asked if she ever gets homesick, she told us that she gets home whenever she can, and has a sister who lives in Forfar.
“I come home every few years, and I am hoping to come home this September.
“What will I do now that Abbie’s is gone? Is the best fish and chip shop still by the old train station? It does not matter - it’s home.”
Ironically, the fish and chip shop Ethel is referring to closed down after a fire, and the former Abbie’s store she mentioned, now, coincidentally, sells fish and chips!
The former Brechin High School pupil fondly remembers, as many do, Abbie’s sweet shop, owned by members of the famous Italian Vettesse family, saying: “Every time I came home my mum would tell Abbie I was coming and when I’d see him he always had a licorice pipe for me because I loved them as a kid. He was the best. I bet so many of us has some Abby stories - we loved him but the brother Sandy you couldn’t dill-dally like you could with Abbie.”
It’s good to know a fondness for Brechin and its old traditions and shops are still being felt by those across the Atlantic, some 3,000 miles away.
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