Delving back in time

40 years ago

THE QUEEN and Queen Mother were among many mourners who attended the funeral of the Earl of Strathmore. He died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 54 last Wednesday.

Forfar Fire Brigade were called out on Sunday when about half an acre of grassland at Whitehills caught alight. The firemen were again called out to a grass fire on Monday afternoon, this time at Lunanhead.

Last Thursday evening the newly-renovated headquarters of the Forfar Squadron Air Training Corps were officially re-opened by Lord Tayside, a former management committee chairman. Lord Tayside thereafter presented many awards to a number of Squadron Cadets.

30 years ago

Despite a downward trend since August, Tayside youth unemployment figures are still higher than at the same time last year. A year ago there were 1753 registered with the Regional Council Service; this month’s total registered unemployed is 2217.

Kirriemuir couple John and Alice Wallace, from Victoria Street, celebrated their golden wedding on Wednesday.

Passers-by in Gardyne Street, Friockheim, saw around forty strangers apparently doing battle in the field opposite their homes. On closer inspection, it turned out they were part of the Silvercloud Parachute Club and that they were in the middle of a training course!

20 years ago

THE SUM of £463 was raised at the Christian Aid Forfar Committee coffee morning last Saturday. Thanks go to all who supported the event, proceeds from which will go to the crisis in Africa.

New flats are planned for an area of Forfar. Phase one of the development at Suttieside Road is waiting on the planners’ green light. The proposal is for eight flats to be built by local firm Webster and Patullo, Ltd.

At a meeting of Kirriemuir and the Glens branch of the Scottish National Party, members discussed Tory proposals to privatise Scotland’s water. An informative paper, detailing the history of Scotland’s water services, was distributed