When whippet racing was popular in Forfar

DID you know that whippet racing was a once popular activity down at the lochside in Forfar?

A photograph of a man with a whippet, but without much other information, which featured in our latest Back in the Day publication, brought back memories for Forfar man Eck Campbell.

He was about eight years old when he attended the whippet racing meetings at the lochside with his father Hugh.

Eck is able to explain that the man in on page seven of our Back in the Day publication was a Martin Johnston from Dundee.

“I was only about eight years old at the time, but can recall going down to the loch for the whippet racing in the seventies,” recalls Eck.

“Racing was held every Sunday afternoon by the Strathmore Whippet Racing Club, attracting locals and people from all around, including Dundee.”

Eck reckons that the racing was held regularly for about three or four years, always on a Sunday afternoon, in what is now a wild area at the other side of the sewage station on the south side of the loch.

Whippet racing later made way for motor-bike scrambling.

The photograph of the man with his whippet is one of many featuring in our winter 2011-2012 Back in the Day publication.

Once again, we have collected stories and memories from all over the county from Forfar to Brechin, Kirriemuir, Arbroath and Montrose.

Read all about evacuees during the Second World War, exciting shipwrecks and histories of our most important Angus institutions.

Marvel at how much a town can change in just a few decades as we take a look at Guthrie Port in Arbroath.

Celebrate 100 years of a Forfar society which has managed to endure against all odds.

And it’s not all news. We’ve covered plenty of sport too.

From ladies golf in Carnoustie to the finest hour of Strathmore Cricket Club there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We have also collected memories from our archives from 30, 40 and even 50 years ago, how much can you remember?

What’s more, with so many photographs to look through maybe you will find your own face among the crowds.

Priced at just £1.35, ‘Back in the Day’ is available at many outlets throughout Angus.