100 years ago
Scotland’s first school of forestry was opened on Saturday at Birnam by the Solicitor General for Scotland (Mr T.B. Morison). The site for the school has been provided by Colonel Steuart Fothringham of Murthly and he and the Duke of Atholl have placed their woodlands at the disposal of the school for the practical instruction of the students. The school has opened with 12 students, and a staff of instructors have been appointed. The opening ceremony was largely attended.
50 years ago
Four people were taken to hospital early yesterday morning after three cars were in collision on the Luncarty-Stanley road. One of the cars was heading towards Stanley and the other two towards Perth. The accident was near Gowrie Farm road, about one mile on the Luncarty side of Stanley. There were no serious injuries to the occupants of the cars, but all three cars were badly damaged and had to be removed by breakdown truck. Fire units were called but were not required.
25 years ago
Dundee University has honoured an ex-student with the naming of a new unit. Paul Brown (23), an MA Honours graduate, received the honour for being, in his own words, “a bit of a nuisance.” He was present when Professor Brian Smith, dean of arts and social sciences, renamed the university’s resource unit for students with visual impairments after Paul, who has been blind since birth. The Paul Brown Unit is an advanced study centre with Braille printer and an array of technology tools.
One year ago
A free parking initiative will be a “game-changer” for shopkeepers across Perth and Kinross this Christmas. Businesses have welcomed plans to allow drivers to stay at council-run car parks, freeof-charge, every Saturday in December. Perth and Kinross Council hope it will help lure more shoppers into the centre and towns throughout the region. A previous scheme offering free parking after 2pm was tried, but a representative of the traders association welcomed the latest move.