How it was Then

150 years ago November 16, 1860

"Kirking" of the Town Council - On Sabbath last, in accordance with the usual custom on the first Sunday after the election, the Town Council attended divine service in the Old Church, and occupied the pew specially set aside for them. There were present - The Provost, Bailie Middleton, Treasurer Fraser, Councillors Cooke, Whimster, Ross, Moir and Cochar. The Rev. Dr Paterson preached an appropriate discourse on the occasion.

100 years ago

November 18, 1910

Hallowe'en: This old-time event was well celebrated here on Wednesday night. Several hundred guisers, including some from other towns, paraded the High Street, and, notwithstanding the bitterly cold weather, many people turned out to see the fun. Dean of Guild Petrie presided at a guisers' concert in the Burgh Hall promoted by the Town Band, and, along with Hospitalmaster Kidd and Councillor Scott, allocated the prizes in several competitions.

At the skating rink there was a mirth-provoking programme, including a live duck hunt, and late in the evening the Recreation Hall was the scene of a Hallowe'en dance.

50 years ago

November 17, 1960

Plans for the erection of the Montrose Academy War Memorial plaques at the new entrance to the school are complete, and the committee responsible for fund-raising is now ready to make its final appeal. So far the response to the appeal for donations has been extremely disappointing, and of the amount raised the greater proportion has come from former pupils now resident outside the town. Much has yet to be done locally, for at least 250 is still needed to make the memorial a fitting one.

25 years ago

november 14, 1985

With support offered by an audience of about 70 at a public meeting, the Steering Committee which has been charting the way for the setting up of a Day Care Centre for the elderly in Montrose has launched a public appeal to raise the 17,000 required to convert St Mary's Hall, Panmure Terrace, for this purpose.

The attendance in the hall last Wednesday night exceeded expectations and extra seating had to be provided to accommodate the company, who were told that so far 2,600 had been raised but that a big fund-raising campaign would have to be mounted if central heating, a kitchen, baths and showers and other facilities were to be provided to cater daily for about 20-24 older people.