Major contributor to Forfar economy

AN absorbing talk on Ritchie Engineering was given by director Tony Walker at the March meeting of Forfar & District University of the Third Age (A3A).

Founded in 1870 as a blacksmiths engaged in repairing farm implements, Ritchie had, by the turn of the century, expanded into the manufacture of agricultural equipment with its own range of products.

It was fascinating to hear how the firm built on the engineering experience accumulated over the years, starting with pig feeders and food troughs, expanding to carts and trailers in the 1950s, and now exporting all over the world, including a rather clever piece of equipment that collects bales of hay in Outer Mongolia.

It was equally interesting to hear how the firm is a major contributor to the Forfar economy as manufacturer, developer and employer.

Forfar & District U3A started in late 2009 and now has around 60 members who are, in the main, older people no longer in full-time work.

The main meeting is every second Wednesday in the month, in the Guide Hall, Forfar.