Jan (1) A 'New Year's Day Dook', for none but the brave over 16 year olds, is held at West
Links. Around 40 fearless fowk test the temperature of the North Sea supported by a couple
of hundred dry dookers. At least £2,000 for Cancer Research (UK) is raised.
Jan (3) Noticing upper High Street's 'Nickel & Dime' had become the much more slickly named
'Dzine', the editor felt a tug of poignancy at their Church Street window decor - his grandfather
David Lawrence having mended boots & shoes within the Co-op premises at that very spot
around 1920. His son, Harry Lawrence (the ed's Dad) was born in Church St. in 1912.
Jan (15) Arbroath composer Edward Cairney who has set the complete collection of
Robert Burns to new music, plays a selection of songs at Hospitalfield House.
Jan (23) Letham Grange Hotel has closed again due to an ongoing ownership or
or financial dispute. A previous closure occurred from late 2008 until August 2009.
Feb (1) Exactly 200 years to the day since the Bell Rock Lighthouse's beacon shone for the first time in 1811, the formal opening of the 'Year Of Light' takes place at Inchcape Park. A spectacular 'sound and light' firework display celebrates and commemorates that momentous occasion. Today also, the Arbroath & District Stamp & Postcard Club issue a special, limited edition commemorative cover.
Feb (-) This month's edition of the Scots Magazine devotes five articles over no less than 25 pages covering all aspects of Arbroath's involvement in the history of the Bell Rock lighthouse.
Feb (6) A 'Year Of The Light' 18 year old Scotch whisky from Tullibardine Distillery is launched at the Signal tower Museum's entrance by 'Robert Stevenson, his wife & some townsfolk' courtesy Arbroath Abbey Timethemes. The Meadowbank Inn will be this water of life's sole distributor. A 'Bell Rock Lighthouse Ale' will become available from JD Wetherspoon in Market Place. Labels for both are designed by artist Nessie Taylor.
Feb (14) Arbroath, Auchmithie, Lunan Bay & 'Smokie Masters' Alex & Ian Spink all feature in BBC 2's 'One Man and His Campervan' as Martin Dorey finds food related places to stop at throughout England & Scotland.
Feb (26-27) Erin Newton ( the editor's grandaughter ) has Arbroath as the backdrop for the video to accompany her pre-teen pop song, 'Monday'. Nae sae bad for a nine year auld....
Mar (9) Cardiff based Peacocks cothing outlet opens in the Abbeygate Centre.
Mar (11) Paisley artist & playwright John Byrne becomes an honorary patron of Hospitalfield Trust. As a 21 year old, Mr Byrne spent 12 weeks on a placement at Hospitalfield House in 1961.
Mar (18) The Victoria Park to Auchmithie coastal path is temporarily closed following a series of landslips.
Mar (19) KFC open their Westway restaurant following months of delay since the completion of it's construction.
Mar (21) A panel of experts (on behalf of the Department of Culture) decide that Arbroath Abbey does not merit proceeding further towards attaining 'World Heritage Site' status.
Mar (27) Arbroath's population (2011 census) is 23,902.
April (21) Access to St Vigeans Museum is now only possible via pre-booking at Arbroath Abbey.
April (23) Division 3 leaders Arbroath FC, founded in 1878, find themselves
winning their first ever league championship in the club's 133 year history as
they beat Montrose 4 -1. Manager Paul Sheerin has steered and transformed
the team into it's current dynamic form.
April (27) Acorn Pet Store at Westway
Retail Park closes. For the second time in
two years the parent company has gone into administration.
May (5) The results of the count at the Saltire Centre for the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary
elections, Angus South constituency, are: Graeme Dey, SNP (16,164 votes, 58.47 % of poll),
Hughie Campbell Adamson, CON (5,581 = 20.19 %), William Campbell, LAB (3,703 =
13.4 %), David Fairweather, ANGUS IND. REP'S (1,321 = 4.78 %) and Clive Sneddon,
LIB DEM (874 = 3.16 %). The SNP majority of 10,583 reflects the Party's success across
almost the entire nation. Andrew Welsh, SNP, had previously held the seat.
May (14) Whittons Flooring Ltd (carpet & floorcovering specialists
previously at Dens Road), open their new half million pound, 1,300 m2
premises on Grant Road. With stores also in Dundee and Forfar, the
company's director Billy Whitton targets further expansion. The
building's completion brings improvement to a location once occupied by
Fred Gordon's Garage (demolished 1968) but which had become a
deteriorating vacant space since Fairport Filling Station closed in 2004.
May (22) Arbroath Sporting Club (a junior football club) play their last game.
May (28) Arbroath Signal Tower Museum re-opens after extensive refurbishment.
May (30) Site clearance begins at Westway Retail Park for the construction of
a new Asda supermarket, ending many years of speculation. The store will open in
November this year. Ironically, among it's immediate neighbours, 'Acorn Pets' have
already closed while 'Focus' prepare to follow.
Jun (14) Part of the clifftop coastal path is re-opened, although two unstable sections (red, left) remain closed.
Jun (30) 'Poundland' opens for business in the Abbeygate Centre, utilising the greater
part of the area previously occupied by the Co-op store. The remainder of that space
will become 'Home Bargains' discount store.
Jul (23) Arbroath's now famous Seafront Spectacular takes over Victoria Park and a
wee bit of the North Sea. Motorbike / driving aces Kevin Carmichael & Steve Colley
feature, and so much more (see links page for evolving programme). Unmissable.
Aug (5) Broughty Ferry born Rev. Stewart Lamont has been inducted as the minister of Arbirlot & Carmyllie Parish. His career has encompassed being radio & TV producer & presenter, columnist & author.
Aug (13-14) Arbroath Sea Fest once again commandeers the seafront between Danger Point & Inchcape Park as townsfolk & visitors enjoy a host of delights - culinery, crafty, musical, marine, historical, boat trips, challenges and just dashed good fun at the fairground. Unmissable - see links page.
Aug (26-27-28) The Bell Rock Blues Festival erupts in at least 13 venues across the town: Anchor Bar, Bowlers, Burns Bar, Coast, Commercial Inn, Fisherman's Inn, Foundry Bar, Millgate Bar, Pageant Bar, St Thomas Bar, Station Bar and the West Port Bar. Attracts more applications from bands & musicians than venues can handle. Miss it and you're mad - see links page.
Aug (end) Greggs bakery opens an outlet at 234 High Street, previously Stead & Simpsons shoe shop.
Sep (2) Originally announced in Feb 2010, a 14.2 hectare site west of Elliot Ind. Estate is granted planning permission as a business park. The 2 phase plan spanning 2 decades should ultimately provide 28 business plots.
Sep (18) Arbroath's Lifeboat Station hold an open day welcoming the public aboard RNLB 'Inchcape'. Click here:
Sep (27) The Arbroath Poprock Choir, an 'over 18s' commercial venture overseen by Arbroath's Neil Thompson, gets up and running in the Community Centre, Marketgate. Neil, who has been based in the Glasgow area for the past 17 years, has built up an impressive musical CV as pianist, trumpeter, vocal coach & musical director, instructing in 14 south Ayrshire schools since winning Arbroath Musical Festival's 'Blue Riband' at the age of 13.
Oct (19) The official opening of Arbroath Bus Station following a £538,000 upgrade.
Nov (4) Filming of harbour, beach and track scenes finishes at Auchmithie for 'Under The Skin', a sci-fi movie starring Scarlett Johansson ('Lost In Translation', 'Iron Man 2'). It is based on Scottish author Michael Faber's book of the same name and will be released in 2012. The heavily rutted and pot holed access track had by necessity
been upgraded to allow filming to take place.
Nov (6) Colliston Castle, in 10 acres of ground, and home to the 4th generation of the Stuart family, goes on sale for a figure over £650,000. The castle, dating from 1545, and it's preceding estate has been in the possession of Cardinal David Beaton ( pre 1539), John Guthrie & Isabella Ogilvy (probably Beaton's daughter) (1539-), the Gordon Family (1691-), the Chaplin family (1721-), Richard Bruce (1920-), Captain Alfred Knox ( ) and the Stuart family (from the early 1960s)
Nov (14) The new Asda store at Westway Retail Park opens it's doors to customers today (Monday) at 10 a.m.
David Lawrence and his shoe repairing 'lasts'
Angus South constituency
within the NE Scotland electoral region
Whittons Flooring Ltd's new premises
opens at Grant Road