Memories spark off re-union dance

One of our most popular features is always the trip Down Memory Lane each week, where old photos spark memories of times gone by.

Now a fundraising dance is set to raise money for the town’s three schools after a chance remark prompted a flood of reminiscing about years past in Kirriemuir.

Current and previous residents have been revelling in old photographs and tales aplenty in a specially created facebook group.

More than 1400 members have signed up to the Old Kirrie pages on the social networking site to view old school photographs and snapshots of long lost friends, scenes of the town from the 1970s, 60s 50s and even further back.

One of the overriding themes running through a huge number of posts was the tremendous sense of community spirit Kirriemuir has always enjoyed – and that is to be kept alive with the news a nostalgic fundraising disco has been organised for Kirrie’s Town Hall in August.

A throwaway comment between friends Elaine Findlay and Julie Allan as they desperately tried to remember what building was previously on the site of the Kirriemuir Access Office in Bank Street – it was the old Airlie Garage - led to a huge flurry of comments posted between them and many of their online friends.

Such was the level of interest among Elaine’s online circle of friends, she set up a specially created group on facebook for people to continue sharing their own memories and photographs.

The sheer scale of entries made to the pages has been astonishing, with hundreds of photographs submitted and the stories and memories they bring drawing in dozens of commentators.

Many of these posts related to the social side of life in Kirriemuir and the dances and discos held in the town during members’ youth.

It was these rose tinted recollections that led to the suggestion of holding a reunion type dance and the idea of turning this into a charity fund-raising event quickly snowballed.

As a result, the Old Kirrie Ball in the Hall is to be staged on Saturday, August 11 and already tens of dozens of locals and exiled Kirriemarians from far and wide have promised to make a return trip to the town.

Music on the night is to be provided by that veteran of discos in Kirrie, Colin Brown and refreshments and food are to be included in the price of tickets, which are to be available from June 1.

Because so many of the recollections on the facebook pages have related to the supposed “best days of our lives” at school, a suggestion that money raised could be split between the town’s two primary schools and the high school found a lot of support. Tickets will be available from The Art Gallery, Kirriemuir or from organising committee members Elaine Findlay, Alan Franchi, Audrey Ireland, Nikki Dobson and Colin Hutchison.