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1970  (Jan)  William Briggs Dowrie works in Elliot closes.

1970  'The Nation of Scots & the Declaration of Arbroath' by Prof. A.A.M. Duncan published by the Historical Association, London.

1970 (Mar 4)  Robert MacPherson ('Pie Bob') opens premises at 3 Grant Road.

1970 (Mar 27)  The Blue Riband award at this year's (38th) Arbr. & Distr. Musical Festival is won by the town's Evelyn Hutcheon, soprano.

1970 (Apr)  Robert Paton retires after 20 years as principal of R. Paton, Chemist & Optician, at 12 Keptie Street. The business is being taken over by Alex. Noble.

1970  (May)  Arbroath's team of young folk competing against Aberdeen in BBC TVs "It's A Knockout" at the 'Granite City' are defeated by 14 points to 4.

1970  (May 28)  A 'Wimpy' burger restaurant opens at 243 High Street & will still be offering waitress service 37 years later. Wimpy had first appeared in the UK in 1954.

1970  HMS Condor's Sub Aqua team under Bill Daysh find the propellers of HMS Argyll, wrecked on the Bell Rock in 1915.

1970  Ownership of the 'Crown Inn' on West Abbey Street is handed down from father to son as Colin McNab becomes the pub's 5th licensee. He will retire aged 72 in 2002.

1970  (Jun)  Provost Robert R. Spink is awarded an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours.

1970  The Air Mechanical Engineering School moves to Daedalus from HMS Condor.

1970  For a time around this year, Hyde Park House Hotel becomes known as the Anderson Hotel.

1970  (Aug 23)  In the biggest fire Arbroath has seen for 20 years, D.T. Wilson's furniture auction warehouse in Hill Street is destroyed.

1970  The William Coull Anderson Library of Genealogy is established.

1970  (Oct 28)  The newly refurbished Webster Hall is opened by Princess Margaret.

1970  Park St Gospel Hall is vacated, doomed by the new Burnside Drive road development.

1970 (?) 'The Declaration Of Arbroath' by Sir Jas Fergusson is published by University Press, Edinburgh


1971 (Jan)  Scottish Hydro-Electric open at 247 High Street - the demolished Oriental Bar site.

1971  HMS Condor becomes RM Condor, home to 45 Commando Regiment.

1971  (approx)  Springfield Gospel Hall opens.

1971  Arbroath Vics FC reach quarter finals of the Scottish Junior Cup.

1971  Greyhound Coaches move their office to 3 West Abbey Street & the depot to Airlie Crescent.

1971  (Jun)  Grace Patterson opens her (2nd) florist shop at 45 High Street.

1971  (Jun)  Chita Bros. open at 225 High Street.

1971 (Jul) The old Central Bar is demolished. Close by are Shepherds Restaurant, Browns Grain Store & East Coast Enterprises.

1971  At the Rosely Hotel, Dundee folk group 'Arizona Eggplant' are resident 3 nights / week.

1971  The Panmure Arms Bar in Panmure Street closes. Soon Burnside Drive will cross this site.

1971  (Jul 26)  Provost Spink officially opens the Moray Firth Maltings site at Elliot Ind. Est. The company will be selling malt directly to the distilling industry in Scotland, the plant also producing malt for breweries in Scotland & northern England.

1971 (early Aug)  212 Highland Battery's team wins the Angus 'It's A Knockout' competition.

1971  The old  'Spring Garden Factory' of David Corsar in Lindsay Street is demolished.

1971  The Sea Cadets move to 'TS Agincourt' in East Abbey Street.

1971  (Oct)  Arbroath firm Precision Miniature Pressings move to Elliot.

1971  (-1975)  Back in the 1st Div., Arbroath FCs best finishing position is 13th.


'early 70s'  The Bell Rock Tavern on the corner of East Grimsby & Union Street is demolished.

'early 70s'  'The Palace', James Street, is sold to Kingsway Ent's.


1972 (Apr 22)  Newgate Bowling Club's Pavilion opens.

1972  (Jun)  The Arran Bar & Heather Lounge open at 82 High Street (previously Cafe Gibson).





1972  (Oct 9)  Lamb's Garage (below) in Dundee Road closes. It will be demolished in 1974.







1972 Arbroath folk trio 'Smokie Folk' (Ian 'Smokie' Gray, Brenda Gray & Ivor ----) are runners up in Grampian TVs 'Bothy Nichts' competition.

1972  (Jul)  The Conductor of Arbroath Male Voice Choir, Andrew Morrison, retires after 27 years service.

1972  The first premises of baker Robert MacPherson at the corner of Barngreen & Hay's Lane is demolished. He will become affectionately known as 'Pie Bob'.


1973 (Feb 16)  A new (Esso) filling station, 'Fairport Service Station', opens on Grant Road.

1973  Parkhouse School at Lordburn is demolished. The Police  office will occupy this site in 1992.

1973  David Corsar's old factory on Catherine Street is demolished.

1973  (Apr)  Ferrier the florist close their premises at 96-98 High Street & open in Market Place.

1973  (May)  Elana Mae's photographic business opens at 96 High Street.

1973  Matt Kerr becomes Labour councillor for Arbroath East Ward.

1973  (Jul)  Some of the boats in the harbour are: 'Harvest Moon', 'Family's Pride', 'Bruce's', 'Fortuna', 'Glad Tidings', 'Margaret Cargill', 'Guiding Star' & 'Endeavour'.





1973  The Examination Roll of Arbroath Parish 1752 ( a list of persons adhering to the Church of Scotland and of age to be examined in the Catechism ) is given to Arbroath's Signal Tower Museum. It is thought to have come from the Abbot's House Museum at Arbroath Abbey.

1973  (Jul 30)  Ian Beattie's gents hairdressing salon opens at 14 Commerce Street.

1973  Ladyloan & St Columba churches unite on Princes Street. St Columba's ceases to be used.

1973  R S Cargill's sweet shop becomes Cargill's Restaurant at 212 High Street.

1973  Angus Social Club, an amateur & juvenile football club, adopt junior status, changing their name to Arbroath Sporting Club and their home ground becoming Seaton Park. They'll play their last game in 2011









1973  Part of High Street (from Kirk Square to Lordburn) is pedestrianised & a new one-way traffic system is implemented to avoid this area.

1973 (Oct 30) The new dual carriageway internal relief road from Gayfield to Grant Road opens. It carries the names Ladyloan & Burnside Drive.

1973 (Nov)  Silverwells Garden Centre opens on Montrose Road.

1973  Around this year several new streets are named after trees:  Ash Grove, Beech Grove, Birch Path, Hawthorn Place, Maple Gardens, Rowan Path & Sycamore Path.


1974  (Feb) Arbroath's first Traffic lights are installed at the Lochlands Street / Keptie Street junction. Volume of traffic does not demand that they be there but the driving test, which can now be taken in the town, most certainly does !  

1974  (Mar 7)  The new Ladyloan Primary School opens on Millgate Loan.

1974 (May 4)  William Ruxton, butcher, having traded at the top of High Street opposite the Abbey since the 60s, closes his shop.

1974  (May 10)  The Shore Cafe opens at 59-61 Ladybridge Street.

1974  (Jun)  Lamb's Garage closes in Marketgate. The amalgamated Carlaw Lambs Garage then opens at 1 Burnside Drive (the former Fleming's Autoport Services site). Lamb's old premises is then used by Bert Cargill to park ice cream vans.

1974  St Margaret's Church dedicates it's central stain glass window on the Chancel.  Artist: Mr Gordon Webster. Theme: The risen Christ.

1974  The 'Picture House' cinema at 133 High Street closes & becomes a bingo hall.

1974  (Aug 1)  The Signal Tower opens as Arbroath Museum.

1974 (Sep)  Arbroath group 'Deep End' ( Jim Hutcheson, George Cant & John Masterson) appear in BBC's 'Songs Of Praise' from the outdoor swimming pool. This year they also win Grampian TV's 'Open Camera' as well as acheiving some success on Hughie Greene's 'Opportunity Knocks' TV show.

1974 (Sep 13)  The Arbroath Co-operative Society amalgamates with the South Angus Co-op.

1974  Arbroath FC, under the management of Albert Henderson, defeats Glasgow Rangers FC

3-2, John Fletcher scoring the winning goal two minutes from time.


'in the 70s' the 'Rendevous' cafe occupies 140 High Street.

'in the 70s' the Floreat Hotel' is open on Millgate Loan.

'in the 70s' the 'Wine Market' occupies 5-7 West Port.


The refurbished Webster Hall

1970 - 1974

   This will play clips of   'a harbour fish sale'  &  'a frantic mother on the Protection Wall'  

- both July '73 sounds you'll have difficulty witnessing today.  Open page again to replay....



1972 (Jul)   How much fun can you have on

Kerr's Miniature Railway ?     Just listen :

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Note: map dates from 1959

Burnside Drive - new in 1973

 (above) This map shows the planned new inner relief road overlaid on familiar town streets and (below) the completed road, looking north

towards Catherine Street, Francis

Webster's Mill and beyond....

Arbroath Harbour 1974 - water colour by Peter Anso

A water colour by Peter Anson, depicting

a corner of the inner harbour in 1974

Paddling Pool - West Links about 1970

(left) West Links

Paddling Pool around 1970

Image copyright John G. Clyde

Angus Agricultural Show, Victoria Park

The annual Angus Agricultural Show

at Victoria Park. The location of the show will be moved to Brechin in 1997

Arbroath Half Marathon medal - rear Arbroath Half Marathon medal - front ASC's last goal

 ( right )  Arbroath Sporting Club : The football team's final goal, scored on the 22nd May 2011.

The images of the ASC 'Arbroath Half Marathon' medals (front and rear) kindly provided by

Mr Brian Marshall.