In my view

FOR THE last few weeks we’ve been working hard behind the scenes putting together our fascinating supplement - the Angus Alumni - and it has been a labour of love.

Whilst we appreciate our selection of the top 100 people in the county is only scratching the surface, we hope it gets people talking about what an incredible place Angus is and what a wealth of talent we have had in the past and in the present.

Famous novelists, playwrights, surgeons, bridie makers, athletes and inventors have all got us talking and our research has been a history lesson for us all.

The sad thing is, there are so many people that we hadn’t heard of until we started digging through the archives. Our selection from Forfar and Kirriemuir has been astounding - and our list could have gone on and on.

The impressive thing is the legacy that has been left behind. Peter Reid’s generosity has given us the beautiful Reid Park and the well-used Reid Hall, and the work of Sir J. M. Barrie is as popular now as it ever was.

And then there’s John Ogilby from Kirriemuir - the inventor of the humble road map. One of the main innovations of his road maps was the scale of one inch to the mile - a system which is still in place today - genius! It’s a pity more emphasis isn’t made in the classroom about our local heroes and the impact their work has made on our lives