A sign of the times

DURING a lighter moment at Thursday’s meeting of Montrose Community Council, treasurer John Dempster revealed how he and chairman Peter Davies were under suspicion of being involved in a money-laundering racket.

A cheque had been written on the community council’s account, and signed in the usual way.

Well ... not quite! Before Mr Dempster knew it, there was a letter from the bank saying that the cheque was not being paid, as the bank was investigating a money laundering racket, and they were not happy with Mr Davies’ signature.

Mr Dempster went to the bank where the manager apologised and said it would be sorted out.

A few days passed ... and another letter arrived from the bank, stating, you’ve guessed it, that the cheque was not being paid, as the bank was investigating a money laundering racket, and they were not happy with Mr Davies’ signature.

This time, both gentlemen went to see the embarrassed manager, who solved the matter by issuing cash so they could pay the bill in that way.

They await with interest the progress of the next cheque the community council issues.