Delving back in time

40 years ago

DANCES which have been formerly run by the Young Helpers’ Club in the Old Age Pensioners’ Hall, have had to be suspended meantime, pending professional advice concerning the hall.

The Club last year presented a box of crockery to the hall for pensioners’ functions and this added asset should be of help to the old people’s organisations and others.

The Town Council made a major mid-course alteration to their plans for Forfar’s £110,000 Common Good Fund last Wednesday when they decided to abandon their scheme for separate social and sports centres and concentrate on one all-purpose complex to be built in the Myre.

After two years of conducting their business from premises at the West Port, electrical and household suppliers James Scott and Co., moved into a bright new showroom in Castle Street

30 years ago

There has been rapid response to recent appeals for a clean-up at one of Forfar’s most popular scenic routes.

Less than a fortnight after the Dispatch highlighted the litter problem which surrounded the banks of Forfar Loch, a relatively new organisation mounted a major spring cleaning operation.

Residents of Halfpenny Burn, Glamis Road, Forfar have delivered a petition to the County Buildings seeking to formally change the spelling of their address to Ha’penny Burn.

However, at a general meeting of the local authority a week previously it was decided to maintain the status quo.

The reason the residents wished to change the spelling is that local pronunciation of the word is ‘Ha’penny Burn’ and has been for as long as can be remembered.

20 years ago

Residents in three Forfar housing schemes at the west end have joined the fight against crime.

Neighbourhood Watch Schemes have been established in Kemsley Park, Kemsley Place and Thornton Park.

In all, 18 signs have been erected, warning would-be crooks that the residents in the area are ‘on their guard’.

Motorists will now have to pay more to park in Forfar and Kirriemuir’s town centre car parks.

Charges have risen for the first time in four years. Since then the inflation rate has been over 25%. The car parks affected by the changes are the Myre, East Greens and Reform Street.