Down Memory Lane: Forfar

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30 years ago: Cycling enthusiasts in Angus have witnessed the end of an era. The construction of the Forfar by-pass has brought to a halt one of the most treasured cycle races in the county.

For over 50 years now, the Killacky Memorial Time Trial has been a main feature of Angus cycling life as many pedalled their way around the countryside of Forfar and Kirriemuir. The race can no longer be held because of the danger involved.

The event was named after one of Forfar’s cycling greats, John Killacky, who around the turn of the century, set a record time of 39 minutes for the set route.

10 years ago: Traffic issues were raised at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council.

Members highlighted the problem facing drivers, particularly [school] bus drivers, in negotiating vehicles out of Taylor Street and into Brechin Road. [A bus driver recalls a kind-hearted lollipop lady at the junction who always made sure buses got out!]

The antics of boy racers in Suttieside Road and Market Street were raised, as were the difficulties for drivers at the East Port junction. Members asked why the lights could not be set like those at the West Port - a much wider junction which had staggered lights to allow traffic to flow more freely.