40 years ago
EX-PROVOST Andrew C. Smyth was admitted as an Honorary Burgess of Forfar at a ceremony in the Reid Hall.
The event was a memorable occasion attended by over 250 guests, including many dignitaries from all over the country, as well as the many members of the public who packed the balcony. Before the ceremony began, Andra and Provost Mrs Thorpe, who was a dignified figure in her civic robes, received the platform party in the West End Hall whilst the Lang Strang bell in the Old Steeple rang out for fifteen minutes in honour of one of Forfar’s most famous sons.
DECISIONS taken at a meeting of the two special common good committees paved the way for an ambitious development of the Lochside area, incorporating within it the £138,000 sports and community centre, which was originally to be built at the Myre.
30 years ago
DESPITE warnings from planning officials and objections from local shopkeepers, Angus District Council have given Safeway Foods Ltd. the go-ahead to erect a £2m single-storey retail foodstore at the former Manor Works.
It is said the development will create employment in the construction industry. There will also be 100 - 150 jobs going when Safeway complete their supermarket.
A Forfar couple have received news their bid to send a relief parcel to relatives in Poland has been thwarted by red tape. Mr and Mrs Bruno Kunkel of Jeanfield Crescent hoped to send some basic foodstuffs to Mr Kunkel’s brother in Gdynia, north-west Poland, on a lorry leaving Perth.
The lorry travelled through East Germany but was stopped on the Polish border as the driver didn’t have a trade permit. He was forced to return to Scotland.
20 years ago
TAYSIDE Regional Council is planning to introduce one-way traffic in part of Forfar’s Myre Road in a bid to relieve congestion at the Castle Street junction.
LACK of support could lead to an 80-year-old local organisation going to the wall. The future of Forfar Musical Society is in jeopardy due to a lack of support from the public and a marked drop in on-stage members. A good turnout at the agm could signal a turn-around in fortunes for the musical society.