Society’s golden year

Alex Whyte, Helen Oswald, Aileen Elliot, vice-president Ross Cameron.

Alex Whyte, Helen Oswald, Aileen Elliot, vice-president Ross Cameron.

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Members of Forfar Historical Society marked a major milestone in their own history recently when they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

More than 100 members and invited guests, including Angus Provost Helen Oswald, attended a celebratory meeting in the East and Old Church hall.

Immediate past-president Aileen Elliott presented Certificates of Life Membership to current president Alex Whyte and past president George Laird, two of the society’s founder members. Tribute was paid to their enthusiasm and commitment over the society’s 50-year existence.

The group’s inaugural meeting was held in the Meffan Institute on May 14, 1964 when Mr J.D. Boyd, of Dundee, addressed over 20 people. In September that year, the first regular meeting took place at Reswallie House, courtesy of Jean, Lady Maitland.

For the following 50 years, the society has aimed to encourage interest in and understanding of local history through publications, talks, exhibitions and field work, increasing its membership to over 100. It continues to provide annual programmes of talks by professional and amateur historians, and these are open to the public. New members will be welcome, and non-members are invited to attend for a small charge.