Delving back in time

Forfar Albion during a successful trophy-winning season, but exactly when was it? Pictured at a presentation function, probably in the late seventies or early eighties, are quite a number of well known faces. Back row (from left) ' not known, Mick McDonald, Wilson Cooper, Sandy Shepherd, Peter McNicol, Gus Soutar, Andy Taylor, Derek Dear, Donald Buist and Bruce Gillies; centre row ' Bill Mackie, Charles Bruce, Jake Bowman and Freddie McBride; front row ' George Suttie, Donny Mitchell, Roland Neave, not known, Craig Saunders and Rab Fyfe. If you have a down memory lane picture you would like to share with readers pop it into our office at 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, where it can be scanned and returned to you. Alternatively, e-mail it with the details to news@forfardispatch.com
Forfar Albion during a successful trophy-winning season, but exactly when was it? Pictured at a presentation function, probably in the late seventies or early eighties, are quite a number of well known faces. Back row (from left) ' not known, Mick McDonald, Wilson Cooper, Sandy Shepherd, Peter McNicol, Gus Soutar, Andy Taylor, Derek Dear, Donald Buist and Bruce Gillies; centre row ' Bill Mackie, Charles Bruce, Jake Bowman and Freddie McBride; front row ' George Suttie, Donny Mitchell, Roland Neave, not known, Craig Saunders and Rab Fyfe. If you have a down memory lane picture you would like to share with readers pop it into our office at 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, where it can be scanned and returned to you. Alternatively, e-mail it with the details to news@forfardispatch.com

40 years ago

The EX-PROVOST A. C. Smyth who was the chairman of the Convention of Royal Burghs, was one of the guest speakers at Musselburgh Town Council’s Golf Competition 80th anniversary dinner. Mr Smyth, in return for his hospitality, presented special bridies to Provost Mrs Burns and the Town Clerk. He then received a special golf ball which was engraved that he has now given to Forfar’s international golfer Sandy Saddler.

On Saturday a diesel passenger train is being run from Perth to Forfar and back on the Strathmore line. It will leave Perth at 1.15pm and return at about 5pm. The return fare is £1 and the journey will be great fun for the family or train enthusiasts.

30 years ago

Over 100 round hay bales were destroyed by a fire at Ovenstone Farm near Forfar last Thursday. Two fire engines from the Forfar Fire Brigade were called to the scene and the firemen managed to roll 20 bales to safety. This was the second fire that the Forfar Fire Brigade have had to attend in two days. Last Wednesday they were called to a fire which occurred in a dung heap at Balmashanner Farm.

Two blind women took part in a 180 mile sponsored cycle from Edinburgh to Forfar and then back again last week and they raised over £2000 for charity. The money raised will be going to the Forfar Guide Dog Centre where it will be greatly appreciated.

20 years ago

The EAST Angus Co-operative Society’s Abbeygate retail store which is on Academy Street, Forfar. was officially opened to the public on Tuesday morning. The Co-operative chairman, Mr James Crow was there to cut the ribbon to the entrance of the store at 9.30am.

Barrie’s birthplace tourist attraction, where the author of Peter Pan lived, saw visitor number 10,000 since opening in 1963. Ironically, the record breaker, Mrs Annie Milne, stays only 20 yards from the attraction and had never visited. Amazingly, she also passes the popular attraction at least once everyday on her travels in to town! Barrie’s birthplace remains one of the most popular attractions in Angus and is suitable for all ages.

Sheila Philp, assistant representative at Barrie’s Birthplace, added: “Mrs Milne’s visit came completely out of the blue. It’s so ironic to think she stays just 20 yards away and that she passes it everyday!”