Delving back in time

Pictured are members of a Forfar Academy class from 1974 who will all be around 50 years old now! A group of past pupils are organising a re-union so if you were in this photo or know anyone who was please contact Lorraine Welsh (Simpson) on 01307 467233. If you have a down memory lane picture you would like to share with readers pop it into our office at 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, where it can be scanned and returned to you. Alternatively, e-mail it with the details to news@forfardispatch.com

Pictured are members of a Forfar Academy class from 1974 who will all be around 50 years old now! A group of past pupils are organising a re-union so if you were in this photo or know anyone who was please contact Lorraine Welsh (Simpson) on 01307 467233. If you have a down memory lane picture you would like to share with readers pop it into our office at 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, where it can be scanned and returned to you. Alternatively, e-mail it with the details to news@forfardispatch.com

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40 years ago

At last a site for the new toilets in the East End has been settled.

They are to be rebuilt at the corner of Arboath Road and Nursery Street, on the site which was suggested by Provost Mrs Thorpe at the last meeting of the Cleansing Committee.

Since then the Burgh Surveyor has investigated the site and on Wednesday he told the full Council that it would be suitable for the toilets. He also said that facilities for disabled persons, such as ramps at the entrance and special cubicles, would be included in the design.

The managing director of Don Bros., Buist and Co., Ltd., made a statement to personnel and unions at Strang Street Mill informing them of changes to working hours.

The reason for the alteration was to accommodate the majority of work people and at the same time improve the efficiency of the Mill.

30 years ago

Forfar could lose its reputation as a lively and prosperous market town by the end of the 1980s.

That’s the view of local businessmen and shopkeepers who believe the arrival of the Safeway Food Store will lead to closures elsewhere.

Plans by the American-owned superstore giant to open a 3250 square metres market at the former Manor Works have sent cold shivers through many commercial businesses in the area.

The development is likely to affect the small, independent butcher, grocer or fruiterer and, with trade at a low ebb due to the recession, some would find it hard going to compete with a huge supermarket which is satisfied with marginal profit.

20 years ago

A little bit of history was made in Blairgowrie Town Hall on Saturday night.

For the first time in over 30 years, Forfar Dramatic Society won their way through to the Scottish finals of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s One-Act Play Festival.

They finished runners-up in the competition to Ury Players from Stonehaven.

A WORLD championship title failed to return to Forfar this week.

Forfar Rotary Club lost its world curling title in the United States. They lost to Niagra Falls in a marathon match.