Sunset from Kings Drive 14.12.08


Cliffburn - W.Seaton Milne Dev. site

Jan (12)  A storm surge during a notably high tide has harbour water almost reaching the quays and substantial waves topping the Protection Wall. A wall near the rear of the Old Brewhouse restaurant is demolished, resulting in it's yard being flooded.


Feb (4)  The funeral of John Guthrie who, aged 14, famously borrowed the fishing boat 'Girl Jean' in 1950. He was 72.

Feb (4)  Marine Darren Smith, of 45 Commando, Arbroath, becomes the British forces 145th fatality in Afghanistan.

Feb (24)  Stewart Milne Homes' revised planning application for the construction of 123 houses on a 4.9 hectare

site at east Cliffburn has been approved by Angus Council, The site (part of West Seaton Farm) is bounded by

Benedict Road, St Murdochs Crescent & Cliffburn Road, with agricultural land to the east.





Feb (24 )  Neil McAlpine opens The Northern Light Bookshop at 273 High Street.

Feb (25) Jessops Photographic Store at 214 High Street closes.


Mar (30) Mr Kenichi Suganuma, Consul General of Japan & Mr Atsuchi Inoue, Consul of

Japan make a 'cultural & economic' visit to the town, including a tour of Arbroath Museum

in the Signal Tower & the engineering firm of John M. Henderson Ltd., which internationally exports coke ovens & heavy machinery for the steel, oil & gas industries.


Apr (1) A helicopter crashes 14 miles NE of Peterhead, killing all 16 occupants. Two local men

are amongst those lost: Gareth Hughes (Froickheim area) & Nairn Ferrier (Broughty Ferry area).

Apr (2)  The Abbey graveyard is now adorned with two Oslin (also known as Arbroath Pippen)

apple trees. This variety, thought to have locally died out, were grown & harvested off Applegate

by Aberbrothoc's monks for cooking - and possibly cider making.

Apr (3)  The Arbroath Male Voice Choir, celebrating it's 75th anniversary, perform at the

Webster Theatre. Guests include mezzo-soprano Cheryl Forbes & Scottish baritone Gordon Cree.

Apr (6)  Arbroath Abbey Timethemes re-enact the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on it's 689th anniversary.

Apr(10), a commercial & community website opened in Oct. 2000 by David Spink, Howard Cargill & Allan Wallace, closes. The site has been of immeasurable benefit to Arbroath related folk locally and around the world.(See Jun17)

Apr (  )  The St Vigeans Museum of Carved Stones re-opens after extensive refurbishment during which the museum's priceless sculptured stones have received first class Edinburgh t.l.c. - analysis, cleaning, sensitive repair

&  re-mounting. A visit confirms time travel is quite possible, as more than 1,000 years

dissolve in stepping across the Museum's threshold, the art of our forefathers stunning

in it's clarity & it's ability to reach out and touch us through the centuries. An interactive

touchscreen & CD ROM & booklet have been developed by Robin McTaggart.    


May (15)  John M Henderson's £24M contract to supply coke oven machinery to

POSCO, Korea, implemented in three phases over a five year period, has been completed.

May (22)  In a homecoming parade, 700 members of 45 Commando are welcomed by

thousands as they march along High Street to the Abbey where the salute is taken by Mrs

Ruth Leslie Melville, Provost of Angus & Mrs Georgina Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of

the County. 12 personnel from the Battle Group ( 9 from 45 Commando ) have lost their

lives during the current deployment in Afghanistan, with several others sustaining serious injury.


Jun (3) The Post Office within the Abbeygate Centre closes permanently at 5.30 p.m. today. The new facility within Haq's Newsagents, Market Place, will commence business on Monday, June 8th.

Jun (8)  Arbroath's Signal Tower Museum has met the necessary requirements to gain accreditation by Museums Galleries Scotland. The award is given when standards of collection care & management & the provision of information & services to users are met.

Jun (12)  Permission is granted by Angus Council to allow further development at Westway Retail Park. Three units are planned, one of 1,486 M2 and two of 929 M2.

Jun (17), offline since April 10th, is back online.


Jul (3-4)  'Electric Bay' - A two day Lunan Bay live music event features many local Rock / Indie bands - Click:

Jul (4)  Arbroath Heritage, celebrating the rich history of Arbroath & Angus, present a one day event including a Roman to Napoleonic 'Living History Camp', a Fish & Farmers Market, a procession through the town to the Abbey where a play describes the area's history & the founding of the Abbey, & an evening torchlight procession to round the day off in spectacular form with a Viking boat burning.

Jul (6)  Jim Reid, Dundee born singer & songwriter with a strong Arbroath connection through his work with the Foundry Bar Band, dies aged 75. His warm, unpretentious renditions of Angus folk songs, his gift of transforming poems (such as Violet Jacob's 'I Saw The Wild Geese Flee / Norland Wind') into music, and his own substantial catalogue of self penned songs ensure him a permanent place in the history of Scottish folk music.

Jul (  ) 95 redundancies, a proportion affecting workers from Arbroath, take effect at Mitchell of Letham chicken processing plant.

Jul (25)  The 6th Seafront Spectacular is held between 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. at Victoria Park.  


Aug (  ) The Letham Grange Hotel, closed since late 2008, reopens for business.

Aug (4)  The only haemodialysis unit in Angus opens at Arbroath Infimary.

Aug (7)  'Coast', Arbroath's new nightclub on Gravesend, is opened by Kent

& Nevada Mitchell. The refurbished building has, in past decades, accomodated

Keith & Blackman's Social Club, Pert's Furnishings and Angus Decorators.

Aug (8)  Arbroath FC confidently open the 2009-10 Scottish League season

with a 2-1 win against Cowdenbeath.

Aug (8-9)  The 12th Arbroath Sea Fest is held around the town's harbour area.

Aug (14-6)  The 6th Smokie Blues Festival is held at Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Nina Van

Horn, the British Blues All Stars and Ian Siegal among the many artistes featured.

Aug (17-22)  Arbroath Abbey Timethemes present ' The Arbroath Abbey Experience '.

Aug (21-23)  The 3rd Bell Rock Blues Festival thunders across town in many public bars.  

Aug (24, 27) The Viewfield Hotel hosts it's last two Rock gigs, the penultimate featuring

'Hip Parade' along with Arbroath's 'Quiver & The Lady Snatchers'  & 'I Wish I Was

Weaver'. The final event ('A Farewell To The Viewfield') showcases 'Soundshok',

'Acemaster Faceblaster', 'A-Bombs', 'Crashdown' & 'Deliver Us From Evil'. The Hotel

closes at the end of this month, probably to be levelled & replaced with domestic & business

development. Arbroath's local Rock names must now seek another suitable town venue.



Sep (3)  Una Stewart, former Inverbrothock & Timmergreens Primary teacher, appears

on STV's 'The Hour', relating her 1942 WW11 experiences as a Land Girl, aged 17.

Sep (21)  Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett of Monifieth is killed in combat in Helmand

Province, Afghanistan. The 29 year old, who was a proud recipient of the Military Cross

in 2008, is the 217th British soldier to die in the conflict.



Oct (1)  Arbroath & Auchmithie are featured in a 'Scots Magazine' article by Forbes

Inglis entitled 'Catching Fishermen'. It traces the history of fishing in Auchmithie and

it's lengthy transfer to the better facilities offered at Arbroath.

Oct (1)  Middlesex Guildhall, London, designed by Arbroath born architect James Glen

Sivewright Gibson, becomes the UK Supreme Court, removing judicial authority from

the House of Lords.

Oct (7)  A new mini adventure'style children's play area opens beside the Saltire

Leisure Centre off Montrose Road.

Oct (19)  John McGlashan has resigned as the manager of Arbroath F.C.  He took up

the post in Oct. '05 and saw his team gain promotion to Div. 2 for the '08-'09 season.

This season, however, Arbroath F.C. have suffered 5 consecutive defeats.

Oct (20)  Charles Anderson's mural of the 1320 Declaration signing has been saved

from destruction & found a permanent home at Arbroath Railway Station where it

will welcome & inform visitors of the town's proud & vital role in Scotland's history.

The 1984 painting was displayed in the new Abbeygate Shopping Centre for about

10 years until redesign caused it's removal.  Arbroath Abbey Timethemes have been

instrumental in ensuring the mural's survival.


Nov (1)  Heavy persistent rain (Oct 31 into Nov 1) causes severe flooding in many

areas around the town & makes travelling to & from Arbroath extremely difficult.


Dec (11)  Erica Caldwell, Arbroath & Carnoustie teacher (retired), receives the

Tivy Education Medal for her outstanding contribution to geography & education.

Dec (13)  The old Lifeboat shed in East Grimsby (utilised at one time by Wm.

Teviotdale Marine engineering) is being refurbished into an oriental take-away.

Dec  The target date for "blockbuster, art house, independent, limited release, foreign language & children's films" to be screened within the Webster Memorial Theatre.

Danger Point - new wall 28.2.09

The newly constructed wall at Danger Point - (see January 12th).

45 Commando Parade 22.5.09

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The Arbroath Herald

'Coast' Nightclub 9.8.09

 'Coast' opens

Post Office 9.8.09

 Post Office is relocated

Letham Grange Hotel

 Letham Grange Hotel re-opens


 Quiver & The Lady Snatchers - bands

like them have one less place to play

I sa' the wild geese flee Jim Reid 1

 Jim Reid

Arbroath Heritage Una Stewart

 Una Stewart

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'The Arbroath Herald'

 Michael Lockett receiving the Military Cross from H.M. The Queen in 2008

Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett

  Today's comprehensive Arbroath news ?     Ah, then you should click here:

The Arbroath Herald Scots Mag Oct 09

 Auchmithie regains it's former glory in Oct '09's 'Scots Magazine'

St Vigeans Museum of Sculptured Stones info plaque

April reopening for

the transformed

& renamed

St Vigeans Museum

Of Carved Stones - a Pictish 'treasure trove' of indigenous art & Christian influence from the 8th & 9th centuries

St Vigeans stag

The breathtaking

'startled stag'

Oslin apples aka Arbroath Pippen

 Arbroath Pippen

( or Oslin )


Arbroath 25.10.09 012

 Part of Charles Anderson's mural of the 1320 signing

East Grimsby 'takeaway' - old lifeboat shed 13

 The new oriental take-away on East Grimsby

Hercules Den flooding 1.11.09

 Difficult conditions at Hercules Den playing fields !

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Erica Caldwell

 Erica Caldwell

Middlesex Guildhall

 Arbroath's James Gibson's design becomes the UK Supreme Court