LOOKING BACK AUGUST 2 2007

1987:- DON & Low (Holdings) Ltd of Forfar invested £6million in a new scheme that saw the company expand with the creation of a new division - Don & Low (Nonwovens) Ltd.

This would also see a new factory created at a suitable green-field site in Forfar, presumed to be Orchardbank Industrial Estate.

The steering committee of the Letham Bicentenary celebrations were getting ready for their 200th birthday with the news that they would be using stylish headed notepaper to conduct all their correspondence. The logo was to capture the origins and character of the village as well as saluting George Dempster, the founder.

A New Zealand woman researching her family history contacted the 'Dispatch' for help. Mrs Jean Glasson was hoping to get some local help in the research of her great-grandmother Susan Smith who emigrated to Australia in 1851.

Forfar Athletic added a third new face to their playing staff with the signing of striker Billy Blackie from Cowdenbeath. The 23-year-old signed for what the club described as a "substantial sum".

1992:- A Letham woman's wish for a new lease of life was granted when she received a new battery powered wheelchair. Art student Lizzie Smith received the new facility in order to help her to get about easier on her own accord. The wheelchair was purchased with money raised by villagers and friends and Lizzie said: "I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped in any way".

Council officials were told to step up security measures in Tayside schools after recent break-ins on premises even while in use. One incident of this occurred during election polls held on school premises where part of the school was broken into while people were voting.

Barrie's Birthplace in Kirriemuir was set for a record breaking season after it won a recent British Tourist Authority "Oscar" in the midst of a real boom period.

Forfar Athletic refused to be overawed by their more illustrious opponents - Sheffield United as they just missed out on a result running out losers by two goals to one to their Premiership counterparts.

1997:- A German football fanatic's hitchhiking guide to world football was the talk of the Forfar turnstyles as Station Park played host to the globe-trotting German's 1882nd game.

Family firm Saddler & Sons celebrated 100 years as a bakery. The well-known Forfar establishment had enjoyed feeding generations of Forfarians bridies since 1897.

A fascinating exhibition was underway showcasing 300 years of needlework taken from the stately homes and castles of Angus. 'Threads of Time' which was aiming to raise money for Children in Need was to be held at the beautiful setting of Kinnaird Castle near Brechin.

The Scottish Autocycle Union Schoolboy Motocross Championship (SACUSMC) was decided with local schoolboy Liam Carr making the long journey worthwhile by finishing in a well-deserved runner-up spot in the SACUSMC 10cc class.

2002:- Letters sent to the Glamis Community Council which acknowledge the link between the village and the Royal Family were donated to the Angus Folk Museum. Mrs Nan Wade, a long-time member of the local community council said it had been decided to frame the letters as well as their envelopes for prosperity.

An Angus-wide facility was set up to provide respite care for families who have children with special needs. The Saturday club, based at Wendyhouse Children's Nursery in Kirriemuir was to offer assistance to families from all areas of the county.

The grounds of Glamis Castle held a carnival-style gathering to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations. The event attracted thousands with each of the seven burghs of Angus represented.

Forfar Athletic were robbed of what would have been a deserved draw in their pre-season game against Plymouth. A single goal by Scottish striker Marino Keith saw the English outfit win one-nil.

August 2 2007