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28 most striking Angus images in 2023 – and stories behind them

A look back at some of the memorable stories and stunning images which readers enjoyed during 2023.

Angus pals Archie Cook, Alan Falconer and Stephen Woods drove a 30-yar-old Volvo to the Arctic in May to raise funds for Prostate Scotland.  Image: Mhairi Edwards/DCThomson
Angus pals Archie Cook, Alan Falconer and Stephen Woods drove a 30-yar-old Volvo to the Arctic in May to raise funds for Prostate Scotland. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DCThomson

2023 will go down as another eventful year for the residents of Angus.

Dominating the news was Storm Babet which swamped Brechin in October.

Its impact is still being felt and the county will be counting the cost for years to come.

But while that disaster – and controversies like the decision to remove Arbroath’s all-weather lifeboat – brought despair, there was plenty to delight throughout the year.

Courier photographers were out and about to capture the highs and lows of Angus matters.

So here we look back at some of their best images – and the stories behind them.


Cold Dip Commando Tim Crossin stepped off at Arbroath to be joined by dozens of retired and serving Royal Marines for a swim in the town harbour.

Cold Dip Commando
Cold Dip Commando Tim Crossin at Arbroath harbour. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

The 59-year-old green beret was on a round-Britain charity mission after being diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time.

Friends of Brechin Cathedral set out to build a business case for the future of the 800-year-old landmark.

Brechin Cathedral campaign.
Consultant Nick Cooke with Pamela Thomson and Douglas Taylor at Brechin Cathedral. Image: Gareth Jennings/DC Thomson

It was closed by the Church of Scotland but volunteers have kept it open for funerals, weddings and other events.


Edzell parent power saved the village’s popular lollipop lady from the axe.

Edzell lollipop lady.
Inveresk Community Council chairman Gus Leighton with Laura Robertson and daughter Ferne (3), Claire Thomson, Ashleigh Leslie and Edzell lollipop lady Lisa Ross. Image: Paul Reid

Angus Council u-turned on a plan to remove the crossing patrol after a campaign which saw the local community council chairman stump up part of her wages from his own pocket.


RAF veteran David Brown from Arbroath spent a night camped below the wing of the Red Lichtie replica Spitfire at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

Red Lichtie Spitfire
MAHSC chairman Stuart Archibald with Davy Brown and dog Ness at the Spitfire. Image: Kim Cessford/DC Thomson

The ex-serviceman was taking part on the Great Tommy Sleep Out.

Forfar man Roy King retired after more than 30 years as a retained firefighter in the town.

Forfar firefighter Roy King retiral
Roy King says farewell to colleagues at Forfar fire station. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

He was Watch Commander at the station where his late father, John, also led the crew during a volunteer career of three decades.

Arbroath siblings John Milne and his sister Nancy returned to their childhood home after 75 years to see a mural of the town Abbey painted by their late father.

Arbroath Abbey mural
Nancy and brother John with the mural their late dad painted 75 years earlier. Image: Paul Reid

The painting was uncovered by a couple re-decorating their Hepburn Crescent living room.


Carnoustie Ladies celebrated its status as the world’s oldest women-only golf club in a 150th anniversary year.

Carnoustie Ladies golf club 150th anniversary
Carnoustie lady golfers celebrating in style. Image: Kenny Smith/DC Thomson

It included a period dress putting competition to recreate the first event in 1873.

Forfar played host to the Scottish Karate Championships for the first time.

Forfar karate championships
Young competitors at the Forfar event. Image: Steve Brown/DC Thomson

Brothock Shotokan Karate Club organised the successful event at the town’s community campus.


Young Kirrie golfer Noah Rooney surpassed even Ryder Cup hero Rory McIlroy with his first hole-in-one.

Noah Rooney Kirriemuir hole in one
Noah Rooney celebrates his hole-in-one at Kirrie. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

Northmuir Primary School pupil Noah scored his ace the day before he turned nine.

Glamis Castle celebrated the King’s Coronation with an open-air event.

Glamis Castle coronation event.
Louise and Martin Hannah with dogs Hamish and Riley joined the Glamis event. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

People – and their pets – took the chance to picnic on the lawns of the Angus landmark.


Angus plantsman Joe Gibb uncovered a rare species of tree in the grounds of Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House.

Joe Gibb of Arbroath
Joe Gibb with the Weeping Red Chestnut at Hospitalfield. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

The Weeping Red Chestnut was feared extinct but Joe has uncovered a number of specimens across Courier country.

Angus residents reacted with horror to the prospect of a line of ‘super-pylons’ running through the county.

Brechin pylon protest
Ken Allison fears the impact of the ‘super-pylons’ on the local landscape near Brechin. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

The 400kV towers are part of a major infrastructure upgrade running down the north east coast.


An Atlantic 85 arrived at Arbroath after the RNLI’s controversial decision to change the status of the town lifeboat.

Atlantic 85 arriving at Arbroath.
The Atlantic 85 rigid inflatable arrives for trials at Arbroath. Image: Graham Brown/DC Thomson

The 220-year-old station will lose all-weather capability when the current RNLB Inchcape is retired from service.

Ryan Ramsay completed 30 triathlons in 30 days, rounding off his epic challenge in Forfar.

Ryan Ramsay triathlon challenge
Ryan Ramsay closing in on the finish line of his triathlon challenge. Image: Kim Cessford/DC Thomson

PE teacher Ryan has raised more than £40,000 for mental health charity Reach Across, founded following the suicide of his brother, Ross in 2013.

Glamis Extravaganza witnesses a special event when 92-year-old Geoff Fishwick was reunited with his old Morris Commercial FV lorry.

Morris Commercial lorry restoration at Glamis Extravaganza
92-year-old Geoff Fishwick with Drew Laburn (left) and Ross Yeaman after re-uniting him with the restored 1950 Morris FV. Image: Paul Reid

The 1950 truck was restored to pristine condition by Perthshire enthusiasts Drew Laburn and Ross Yeaman.


Angus Alchemy brewed up a special edition to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Angus Alchemy MND moonshine
Campbell Archibald, Phil Paton and Martin Brown of Angus Alchemy with their special edition moonshine for MND research. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

Mistaken Identity Moonshine was launched just in time for the Rugby World Cup in honour of former Scotland star Doddie Weir.

A vintage canteen truck gifted to Angus by the late Queen Mother in 1943 was pressed back into service as a mobile cafe.

Queen Mum vintage canteen truck
The Austin K2 canteen truck is still serving coffees after 80 years. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

The Austin K2 owned by Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s still has its original crockery.


Montrose parkrun celebrated its 250th event.

Montrose parkrun
All smile for the Montrose parkrun milestone. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

More than 4,250 folk have enjoyed the weekly 5k since it started at Broomfield in 2017.

Monifeith Community Resource Group realised a long-held dream with the sod-cutting for the town’s new seafront hub.

Monifieth community hub
MCRG chairman Jean Lee toasts the start of the hub build Image: Kim Cessford/DC Thomson

The £2m community facility is due for completion in late summer 2024.

The first Kirriemuir Pride was a runaway success.

Kirriemuir Pride 2023
Drew Knox, Dame Debi Diamond, Jenny Lilja, Demon Dolly, Wendy Woolsey and Danielle Myles at Kirrie Pride. Image: Steve Brown/DC Thomson

Local pub Three Bellies Brae led the organisation of the fun day which it is hoped will become an annual event.


Storm Babet wreaked havoc across Angus.

Storm Babet Brechin.
A youngster is carried to safety during the Brechin rescue mission. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Brechin was the worst-hit town in Scotland, with hundreds of people rescued from their flooded homes after the River South Esk burst its banks.

Arbroath gathered in remembrance of the town lifeboat station’s darkest day.

Arbroath lifeboat crew Robert Lindsay memorial.
Arbroath lifeboat crew head out to sea to lay a Robert Lindsay anniversary wreath. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

Wreaths were laid at sea and a church service held 70 years on from the Robert Lindsay tragedy which claimed six volunteer crewmen.

Letham Grange residents turned out in numbers for a consultation event on the future of the one-time Angus luxury resort.

Letham Grange public consultation
A public consultation on the future of Letham Grange was well attended. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

There are plans to restore the hotel and golf course to former glory as well as building new homes on the estate near Arbroath.


Montrose seafront took a battering from spring tides in the wake of Storm Babet.

William Lamb Minesweeper statue.
Heavy seas lash the Minesweeper statue at Montrose seafront. Paul Reid

But William Lamb’s Minesweeper statue was saved after parts of the Traill Drive promenade collapsed.

Retired policeman and vintage car enthusiast Brian Rennie brought a rare 97-year-old Buick ‘home’ to Arbroath.

Arbroath Buick car comes home.
Retired police Chief Inspector Brian Rennie behind the wheel of his prized Buick. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

The US car giant’s founder was born in the Angus town and Mr Rennie only learned of the connection when an estate agent pointed out the link when he was viewing his new home.


Young farmers took to the road in an annual Christmas Eve tractor run.

Forfar tractor run
Brian Mitchell led the way on his Massey 135. Image: Kim Cessford / DC Thomson

More than 150 tractors of all kinds tackled the event to raise money for Angus Toy Appeal.

Angus ended the year with another weather battering when Storm Gerrit struck.

Flooding near Brechin during Storm Gerrit. Image: Margaret Leitch

The severe weather closed main roads including parts of both the A90 and A92 dual carriageways.