50 years ago
“WE HAVE here an excellent hospital service, excellent local authority liaison and the continuation of what I came to understand many years ago as the excellent family spirit,” said Dr J. D. S. Cameron, president of the Royal College of Physicians, who returned to his “calf-ground” last Tuesday to open the new £14,000 geriatric assessment unit at Stracathro Hospital.
Skilfully adapted from the former E.M.S wards, the new unit will have its own medical and nursing staff as well as welfare officer, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and a speech therapist.
40 years ago
Just one year after Matrix Engineering Ltd., Brechin, had to announce redundancies, the company states that their order book is at a high level and they are meeting difficulties in recruiting enough labour.
“Our order book is now at a high level” said the managing director, Dr W. Macfarlane.
“The upsurge of the last four months shows that the machine tool industry is picking up quite considerably, although it is not yet at the 1969 and 1970 production levels.
“We have increased our staff by about 20 in the last three months and are looking for about as many again.”
30 years ago
AS THERE was still no sign of the advanced warning signs for Stracathro Hospital junction - approved by Mr Allan Stewart, Scottish Home Minister, away back in January - Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith took the matter up again with Mr Stewart.
Local councils have also protested about the urgent need for the signs since the road was made dual-carriageway.
Throwing snowballs and making slides on the ice are among the obsolete offences being allowed to lapse by Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, many of the provisions of which came into operation on April 1.
The act deals with licensing of particular activities and, for crime prevention reasons, requires district and islands councils to license scrap metal dealers.