2018 in photos: Angus folk made their voices heard in an action-packed year for the county

© DC ThomsonThe memorial to two Carnoustie VC recipients at Carnoustie Golf Links.
The memorial to two Carnoustie VC recipients at Carnoustie Golf Links.

People power played a prominent role in the Angus year.

Communities made their voices heard, none more so than the parent council of Stracathro Primary School who convinced Angus education chiefs to drop a plan which would have closed the doors on the rural primary.

Parents of children at a Stracathro school take a Save Stracathro School message to the council education committee in Forfar. (Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DCT Media)

And the year ended with district-wide protests by local shopkeepers over the damaging impact of off-street parking charges in a row which continues to rumble on.

Michelle Ingram of Highland Scene in Montrose was one of many protesting Angus parking charges. (Photo: Kris Miller/DCT Media)

The area’s sporting highlight was the Open Championship at Carnoustie, but the Dunhill Championship over the Angus links was the one to remember for four-year-old Ghostbusters fan Jacob Suttie when he met one of the film’s stars, Bill Murray.

Marnie McKinley enjoying the sun in the tented village at The Open. (Photo: DCT Media)

Carnoustie also played an important part in the area’s Armistice centenary commemorations in a tribute at the memorial honouring the town’s two Victoria Cross heroes.

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The memorial to two Carnoustie VC recipients at Carnoustie Golf Links. (Photo: DCT Media)

An iconic Lotus Elan once owned by Scots motor racing legend Jim Clark went on display in Forfar for enthusiasts to enjoy following a poignant homecoming to the double Formula One champion’s Kilmany birthplace in Fife, and, on the Hamilton turf, young racehorse Frank’s Law made its debut.

Jim Clark’s Lotus in Kilmany. (Photo: Gareth Jennings/DCT Media)
Trainer Keith Dalgleish’s with racehorse Frank’s Law. (Photo: Wullie Marr)

Happy highlights included the whopping £58 million EuroMillions lottery win for Mearns couple Fred and Lesley Higgins, but the year ended on a sad note for nature fans with the deaths of two whales on local beaches.

Fred and Lesley Higgins, from Laurencekirk, celebrate after winning £57.9 million on the National Lottery. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
A whale washed up on Monifieth Beach, near Buddon Ness in March. (Photo: DCT Media)

2018 offered plenty for political onlookers to get their teeth into – not least the debate which fired up after Forfar’s famous bridie was described as a “low quality processed meat product” over its possible place in a food culture hub proposed under the ambitious Tay Cities Deal.

Forfar bridies. (Photo: Kim Cessford/DCT Media)

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