Nostalgic trip back to the 1970s

If you were involved in any community events in the 1970s and had your photograph taken by the local press, then a visit to the latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is a must.

Step through the ground floor door and you step back in time to the winter of discontent, the heatwave of 1976, and ‘the decade that taste forgot’.

Lesley Stewart, senior museum assistant, with some of the photographs from the 1970s. Are you pictured in them?

Lesley Stewart, senior museum assistant, with some of the photographs from the 1970s. Are you pictured in them?

Lesley Stewart, senior museum assistant, has urged members of the public to visit the exhibition as they will no doubt recognise faces depicted in a variety of photographs published in ‘The Forfar Times’.

The exhibition centres on photographs from the museum collection that were taken for the newspaper which ran during the 1970s.

There are scenes from the Forfar pantomime, sports groups and organisations, factory workers, nursery pupils and social events and there are many well-known faces among them.

Lesley said: “The photographs are proving a real hit and a lot of people who have been in already recognise a lot of faces.

“They are able to say where the photographs were taken which is really interesting as they are a little bit of Forfar’s history.

“We are holding a reception on Saturday, February 7 to which everyone is invited. It will have a typical 70s theme and some retro refreshments like pineapple chunks and cheese on cocktail sticks.

“It will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and if people want to get dressed up in their 70s clothes then that would be a bit of fun.”

Musically the 1970s gave us such diversity as disco, punk, and glam rock and one wall of the exhibition is dedicated to album covers.

There are also objects, costumes and news headlines from that era as well as toys, games, books and records. There is also an assortment of household furnishings including some eye-popping wallpaper.

The free exhibition runs until March 21.