The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

100 years ago

A re­port was cir­cu­lated on Satur­day that the Rev RJ Martin, as­sis­tant, St Cuth­bert’s, Ed­in­burgh, who was lately elected min­is­ter of Mains and Strath­mar­tine Par­ish Church, had de­cided to re­tire. There is rea­son to be­lieve that the an­nounce­ment is cor­rect, and if it is ver­i­fied, it will be a great dis­ap­point­ment to his sup­port­ers. So far no com­mu­ni­ca­tion has reached the Rev Dr Cameron, clerk to Dundee pres­bytery, or Mr Wil­liam Hoy, ses­sion clerk of Mains, from Mr Martin.

50 years ago

Part of the Clyde is to be closed to nav­i­ga­tion for sev­eral hours next Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, when the Q4 is launched at John Brown’s Ship­yard in Cly­de­bank. The Clyde Port Author­ity said yes­ter­day that at 1pm the oil rig Gulftide, at present be­ing fit­ted out, will leave Brown’s basin and will be held in mid-stream un­til the Q4 has been launched and berthed. The launch­ing is to take place at 2.30pm and berthing is ex­pected to take about an hour. Seven tugs will ma­noeu­vre the Q4 into her berth.

25 years ago

The Prime Min­is­ter yes­ter­day can­celled a visit to Spain as the pound plunged in a new cri­sis, hit­ting rock bot­tom in the Euro­pean ex­change rate mech­a­nism. One econ­o­mist called the sit­u­a­tion a “night­mare”, with a dan­ger of higher UK in­ter­est rates or even de­val­u­a­tion. If ster­ling falls be­low 2.778, Bri­tain will be forced un­der ERM rules to use its re­serves of for­eign currency to buy the pound. If that fails, Chan­cel­lor Nor­man La­mont could be forced to lift in­ter­est rates, a po­lit­i­cally dam­ag­ing move.

One year ago

Once they were an in­te­gral part of ev­ery com­mu­nity, a vi­tal cog in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work. In re­cent years, how­ever, the iconic red phone box has been dis­ap­pear­ing from streets all over Scot­land. And yet for some neigh­bour­hoods they re­tain their cru­cial role. Thefife vil­lage of Blebo Craigs, a few miles out­side St An­drews, is one such com­mu­nity. Mo­bile phone re­cep­tion is poor in the area but BT Pay­phones has con­firmed it in­tends to re­move the phone kiosk, at the en­trance to the vil­lage.

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