1950 (Jan) Fishing boat 'The Girl Jean' is sailed out of the harbour by a 14 yr old
boy. After a 4 day search, the boy and boat is found by the crew of a Hull trawler.
1950 Lifeboat 'Robert Lindsay' is launched.
1950 George Ferrier's florist business opens at 96-98 High Street.
1950 Cliffburn's Benedict Road & St Murdoch's Crescent are built.
1950 The Tay Valley Plan, anxious to promote an open seafront in Arbroath,
suggests moving Gayfield Football Park to Keptie Hill !
1950 (Dec 25) The Stone of Destiny is removed from Westminster Abbey, London.
1951 (Apr 11) The Stone of Destiny is laid, Saltire draped, in the Abbey on the site of the high alter & is discovered
by Abbey custodian James Wishart. The whole wonderful adventure has been the work of 4 students: Ian Hamilton,
Kay Matheson, Gavin Vernon & Alan Stuart.
1951 (Apr 16) Pathe News make a 4 1/2 minute black & white sound film 'The Stone Returns', featuring the
Arbroath Abbey Pageant, the Stone of Destiny within the Abbey, Custodian James Whithart & interviews with
councillors Thornton & Gardner. The film is later discovered in the Palace Cinema.
1951 ' On The Declaration Of Arbroath ' by Agnes Mure Mackenzie is published by The Saltire Society, Edinburgh.
1951 Arbroath Round Table is established.
1951 'Peppo's' Fish & Chip shop at 51 Ladybridge Street is owned by Giuseppe Orsi.
1951 (-1952) Gayfield's record attendance of 13,510 occurs playing a Glasgow team called Rangers.
1952 Television (BBC) is seen for the first time in Arbroath.
1952 Cliffburn's Lamley Terr. & Gedy Place are built, each named after an Arbroath Abbot.
1952 David Wishart is born in Arbroath. He studies Latin & Greek, & for 11 years is as an English teacher in Kuwait, Greece & Saudi Arabia. He returns to Scotland in 1990 & writes 13 'Marcus Corvinus' mysteries & 2 novels 'I, Virgil' & 'Nero'.
1953 (Feb) Arbroath Musical Society's production this year is 'The Mikado'.
1953 The factory of J. Ramsey & Sons (reed & camb makers) in Abbot St is badly damaged by fire.
1953 The ecclesiastical charge of Auchmithie is re-united with St Vigeans.
1953 Goodfellow & Stevens bakery shop opens at 118 High Street.
1953 (Jul) Arbroath's 1st beauty competition is won by Robina Pollock (15) of Clydebank.
1953 The houses on St Thomas Crescent are built this year.
1953 Twenty boats are landing fish at Arbroath every day.
1953 (Oct 27) The Arbroath Lifeboat disaster. The 'Robert Lindsay' capsizes & 6 of her 7 crewmen are lost, Archibald
Smith being the only survivor. The tragedy is commemorated in a bronze plaque on the boathouse wall, a stained glass
window in St John's Methodist Church in memory of Coxwain David Bruce and a memorial plaque in the Old Church
to the six men, gifted by Mr & Mrs Cargill, who lose two sons. Lifeboat 'Howard D' replaces the 'Lindsay'.
1954 (Feb) Arbroath Musical Society's production this year is 'Show Boat'.
1954 'The Textile Industry of Arbroath Since The Early 18th Century' by WHK Turner
is published in Dundee by the Abertay Historical Society. It will be reprinted in 1971.
1954 (Jun) The Red Lion Caravan site opens. See 1955 image.
1954 (-1957) James Kydd Moir serves as Provost.
1954 Sydney Anderson's ice cream shop opens at 212 High Street.
1954 Abbey School at Abbey Green closes.
1954 (-1975) Henry (Harry) A. Farmer serves as Town Councillor.
1954 Lamb's Garage (formerly 'Cromarty's or 'West End Garage'), opens with
an Austin franchise in Dundee Road opposite Tuttie's Neuk pub.
1954 Electric street lighting begins to replace gas lamps in Arbroath.
1954 (Sept 28) Hayshead School opens.
1954 (Oct 16) Michael Forsyth is born in Arbroath. He will become
a Conservative MP and, in 1995, take the post of Secretary of State
1954 (approx) The 'Oriental Bar' comes under the ownership of James Muirhead.
'In the 1950s, Frasers factories & machine shops cover an area of 7.5 acres and the firm is employing 800 people. Several Frasers invent machines & vehicles. Lawnmower manufacture in Arbroath, patented & developed by Alexander and James Shanks, is taken over by a Birmingham firm. (See 1969).
'In the 1950s' the 'Thistle Bar' trades from 158 High Street.
'In the 1950s' the 'Clachan Bar' trades from 186 High Street.
'In the 1950s' the magnificent gatehouse of Hospitalfield House on Dundee Road is demolished.
1951 The Stone hears the call of home
Inverbrothock School, May 1952
Are you here ? I am !
Fish merchants bid for newly arrived catches around 1950
3rd Arbroath Scout Troop at the Keptie Road huts in August 1952.
Back l/r: D Brown-John Young- John Milne-Jack Swankie-Atholl Mollison-Derek Hunter-Harry Whitton ( Leader).
Middle l/r: Robt Spink-Don Clark-Bert Donaldson-Alex Smith-Ronnie Scott-Tommy Sinclair-Wilson Robson-
Ian Robson-Murray Wood.
Front l/r: Eric Scott-Sandy McLead-
Sandy Crowe-Dennis Towns-David Watt-David Anderson-Ally Riddle
' The Robert Lindsay '
David Bruce - Harry Swankie - William Swankie
Charles Cargill - David Cargill - Thomas Adams
from ' The Arbroath Tragedy ' by Fred Dallas
" As they came back across the bar, it was an awful sight. The lifeboat overturned them in the sea as black as night. They couldn't reach the shore alive, struggle as they might, and only Archie Smith was saved upon that dreadful night "
Parkhouse School's ' Watters Cup ' team 1953 or 1954
Back l/r: Keith Nicol-Andy Doig-Tom Milne
Ray Graham-Gus Longmuir-Ray Thompson
Front l/r: Jim Cargill-Ally Law
Mick McFarlane-Jim Robb-Tom Ironside
....but runnin' for the harbour's a feather on the tide
a coracle o' mercy, wi' Aberbrothock's pride
it's ever comin' hameward & callin' frae the sea
the sacrifice is etched deep - a memory that won't leave me....