Road re­pairs ahead of pil­grim­age by bik­ers

Har­ley-david­son en­thu­si­asts can ex­pect a smooth jour­ney to found­ing fam­ily’s cot­tage af­ter MSP in­ter­venes

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Graeme stra­chan

A politi­cian’s cam­paign to re­pair a sec­tion of the A90 to “biker-friendly” stan­dard has been suc­cess­ful.

Parts of the route be­tween Dundee and Aberdeen are no­to­ri­ous among mo­tor­cy­clists be­cause of the num­ber of pot­holes.

North East Con­ser­va­tive MSP Liam Kerr asked the trans­port sec­re­tary to start ur­gent work on a par­tic­u­larly bad sec­tion, three miles be­tween the A935 and B966 turnoffs.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive an­nounced the suc­cess dur­ing a visit to the iconic Nether­ton Cot­tage nearby.

The for­mer fam­ily home of Har­ley­david­son co-founder Wil­liam C David­son will be vis­ited by more than a thou­sand bik­ers on a pil­grim­age in July.

Mr Kerr said: “Trans­port Scot­land have re­sponded to my calls for sig­nif­i­cant main­te­nance works along this sec­tion of the A90.

“And it’s go­ing to be just in time for the Har­ley-david­son in the City event, which is one of the big­gest an­nual events in Brechin and in­deed An­gus.

“I would hate for mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts to visit the area and be struck at how po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous the

“I would hate for bik­ers to visit the area and be struck how po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous the main road is for them. I’d like to thank the agency and trans­port sec­re­tary for look­ing into the problem promptly. LIAM KERR MSP

main road is for them. I’d like to thank the agency and trans­port sec­re­tary for promptly look­ing into the problem.”

The now re­stored Nether­ton Cot­tage, a few miles east of town, was home to Alexan­der (Sandy) and Margaret David­son, whose grand­sons founded the Har­ley-david­son com­pany af­ter the fam­ily em­i­grated to the US in the mid-19th Cen­tury.

Lo­cal his­to­ri­ans re­stored the cot­tage and it now serves as a place of pil­grim­age for bike fa­nat­ics year round.

Alexan­der (Sandy) David­son was the wright at Nether­ton Smiddy (black­smith’s shop), where he lived in the two-bed­room smiddy cot­tage with his wife, Margaret, their six chil­dren and two work­ers.

It was from this cot­tage that Sandy and Margaret trav­elled to their new life in Wis­con­sin, USA. There, one of their sons, Wil­liam C, met and mar­ried another Scot, Margaret Mcfar­lane, from Stir­ling­shire.

Three of their chil­dren, Arthur, Wal­ter and Wil­liam, along with English­man Bill Har­ley, be­came the founders of the Har­ley-david­son Mo­tor Com­pany.

The Har­ley David­son in the City event on July 13 will cel­e­brate the town’s con­nec­tion to the David­son fam­ily.

A ride-out will start from Brechin Cas­tle at noon and pass through the cen­tre of Brechin be­fore do­ing a tour of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side and re­turn­ing to Brechin via Aber­lemno and Nether­ton Cot­tage. Once the cir­cuit is com­pleted the bikes will de­scend on Brechin and be parked up in the cen­tre.

Live mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and trade stands will be pro­vided for bik­ers, lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike.

gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

Liam Kerr MSP, left, with Mike Sin­clair one of the en­thu­si­asts who helped to re­store Nether­ton Cot­tage near Brechin, the fam­ily home of the David­son fam­ily, co-founders of Har­ley-david­son.

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