Down Memory Lane in Forfar

This weeks Down Memory Lane picture has come from the Dispatch and Heralds archive. It dates from 1987, and features shoppers braving the elements in the Roods after heavy snowfall that January.
This weeks Down Memory Lane picture has come from the Dispatch and Heralds archive. It dates from 1987, and features shoppers braving the elements in the Roods after heavy snowfall that January.

We take a look at what was making the headlines locally on this week in 1987 and 2007.

30 years ago: Plans are afoot to limit the intake of primary one pupils at Wellbrae School in Forfar to 33 per session from 1987/88 onwards. The possible intake limit was discussed at last week’s meeting of the Policy and General Purposes Sub-Committee of Tayside Regional Council’s education committee. Committee members heard that the roll of Wellbrae - a nineteenth century building which is in a good state of repair but an old fashioned design - has increased in recent years while those of other primary schools in Forfar have declined considerably.

10 years ago: The transformation of a former quarry to an impressive nature reserve on the outskirts of Forfar was one of the chosen venues last Thursday by a member of the Shadow Cabinet. As part of a visit to Scotland by a number of cabinet members, led by party leader David Cameron, Caroline Spelman, Shadow Secretary of State for communities and local contingent made a brief visit to the Murton Nature Reserve which has bene established by the Murton Trust. The Trust was formed in 2001 to develop a nature reserve in a former sand and gravel quarry. The reserve covers 90 acres and during her visit the minister was able to view he latest developments.