40 Years ago
Aberlemno had 36 hours without electricity after severe weather conditions brought down power lines. The black-out caused damage to provisions stored in deep freezes on several farms, and the sawmill at Finavon was brought to a halt.
Police reported that there had been a 12 per cent decrease in crime throughout Angus, There had been an increase in crime recorded in 1970 but the 1971 figures had fallen significantly though not to the levels of 1969.
30 Years ago
Tenants at the Newmonthill housing scheme had to deal with the additional winter headache of dampness spreading throughout their homes. The director for housing in the Angus District agreed that an investigation would be carried out into the problem which had been present since September.
A local butcher, housewife and prompt service of British Rail, meant exiled Scots in the suburbs of Crawley, Sussex were able to sit down to a traditional Burns Supper on Tuesday night.
The Haggis made the journey to local woman Helen Low’s son, Michael, in Crawley, via Dundee and London before it’s final destination in Crawley.
John Menzies & Co. Ltd., the newsagents and booksellers shelved their plans to open a large branch in Forfar. The firm had planned to move into the premises formerly occupied by Ednie and Kinninmonth the ironmonger and where Stead and Simpson, the shoeshop, is now situated.
20 Years Ago
The Rev. Malcolm Dowie retired at the end of an emotional service in the Lowson Memorial Parish Church. He had been preaching at the Forfar church for more than 21 years and it was the only charge of his ministerial career. Hundreds of people packed the Lowson to make a sad farewell to the Rev. who was retiring due to ill health.