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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Angus & The Mearns

Funeral held for tragic Montrose mum

January 12 2016

A woman whose body was found during a police search in Angus late last year has been laid to rest. The children of Montrose woman Kimberley MacKenzie, known as Kim, took part in an emotional morning memorial service in the county’s crematorium on Tuesday. Friends and family gathered at the Parkgrove Crematorium, outside the village of Friockheim, at 10.30am and paid tribute to a “loving and caring” mum and daughter. Ms MacKenzie’s three children attended the private service, along with her parents Terence and Helen. Donations were made to the RSPCA in lieu of flowers. * A man and a woman are to stand trial accused of Ms MacKenzie’s murder. Steven Jackson, 39, and 28-year-old Michelle Higgins made no plea when they appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court in November.

Angus & The Mearns

Angus towns shocked by young women’s deaths

March 11 2015

Two Angus towns have been shocked by the sudden tragic deaths of two young women. Kerry Conner, 33, of Arbroath, was found dead at the Sidney Street home she shared with her mother and stepfather. Neighbours described her as “kind and bubbly” but her family were too upset to talk about the tragedy. Her death followed that of 30-year-old Christina Towns in Brechin. The funerals of both women will take place on Friday. A service for Ms Conner will take place at George Stewart funeral directors, Arbroath and thereafter to Parkgrove Crematorium near Friockheim. Ms Towns will be laid to rest at Forfar’s Newmonthill Cemetery.

Angus & The Mearns

Tribute paid ahead of a celebration of Dundee United legend Frank Kopel’s life

April 21 2014

Dundee United fans paid tribute to Frank Kopel on Saturday, displaying a special banner during the McDiarmid Park clash. The former United player lost his six-year battle with dementia aged 65 on Wednesday. A private committal will be held this Wednesday at Parkgrove Crematorium, Friockheim, followed by a service of celebration at Old Parish Church, Kirriemuir. Frank’s wife Amanda said: “The day of the week, Wednesday. Frankie and I were married on a Wednesday. Our son Scott was born on a Wednesday. Frankie went home to heaven on a Wednesday. We will celebrate Frankie’s life next Wednesday.”

Angus & The Mearns

Funeral of tragic Montrose woman Kim MacKenzie to be held next week

January 8 2016

The funeral of an Angus woman whose body was found during a police search will take place next week. Officers found Kimberley (Kim) MacKenzie’s remains over the course of a week-long search of Montrose in October. The 37-year-old will be laid to rest at Parkgrove Crematorium in Friockheim on Tuesday. The mother of three is described as a beloved daughter of Terence and Helen. The service takes place at 10.30am, to which all friends and family are invited. Family flowers only have been requested, with donations in lieu going to the RSPCA. A man and a woman will stand trial accused of Ms MacKenzie’s murder. Steven Jackson, 39, and 28-year-old Michelle Higgins made no plea when they appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court. Police cordoned off several areas of the Angus town after the discovery of the body on November 4.


Former merchant navy captain and Montrose RNLI secretary Niall McNab

June 9 2011

A former honorary secretary of Montrose RNLI has died at the age of 81. Niall McNab, a former captain in the merchant navy, had a lifelong love of the sea and was awarded an MBE for his 16 years' service to the town's lifeboat. Born in the village of Minard in Argyll in 1929, he was educated at Keil School in Dumbarton before joining the merchant navy when he was 16. He married his wife Isobel, whom he had known his entire life, in 1961 at the Free Church of Scotland in Minard. The couple went on to have two sons, Campbell and Alasdair. Captain McNab left the merchant navy in the early 1970s to allow him more time with his young family. In 1974 they moved to Angus, where he took a succession of sea-based jobs. His funeral will take place on Friday at Parkgrove Crematorium at Friockheim at 1.30pm before a 3pm service at Hillside Parish Church.


Former Arbroath publican Harry McCann

May 14 2011

The funeral of former Arbroath publican Harry McCann took place on Friday. Mr McCann, who owned the Newgate Bar between 1984 and 1990, died surrounded by his family in Ninewells Hospital last week after a long illness. He was 77. Born in Dundee in 1933, he was educated at Liff Road Primary School and Rockwell High School before joining the Merchant Navy aged 21. In 1972 he met Elizabeth and they married the following year. The couple moved to Angus in 1977, first to a small cottage in Friockheim before settling in Arbroath where they embarked on their business venture following Mr McCann's retirement. A service was held at David Mackay's Chapel of Rest and then at Parkgrove Crematorium, Friockheim.

Perth & Kinross

Plans for new road near Perth Crematorium will be handled sensitively

November 12 2014

Plans for a relief road that would impact on the grounds around Perth Crematorium will be handled sensitively, the council has promised. As part of a masterplan to ease congestion on the city’s western edge, the proposals are for a road linking Crieff Road with Inveralmond via a bridge over the bypass, which would involve land at the crematorium. More than four acres of land around McDiarmid Park are the subject of a potential compulsory purchase order for the scheme. Some concerns have been raised by local funeral directors that the new road will take in part of the crematorium’s Winter Garden and Bluebell Garden. A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “There are no plans to relocate the crematorium. The part of the land affected by the plan is not a formal part of the Garden of Remembrance. “Any work which impacts on memorials within the Garden of Remembrance would only be undertaken in consultation with those who are directly affected, as has been the case with previous changes.”

Angus & The Mearns

Cycle shop owner and accountant Winnie Wright

October 31 2015

Retired Arbroath businesswoman and accountant Winnie Wright has died following a long illness. She was 76. Known to many as the woman behind cycle shops in Arbroath and Montrose, Ms Wright, formerly Greenhill, died at Roxburghe House in Dundee on Tuesday. Ms Wright was born in Dundee on July 14 1939 and moved to Arbroath as a child, living and working there for the majority of her life. She attended Abbey School and worked as a silver service waitress at the Seaforth Hotel while still a pupil at Arbroath High School. After leaving education she went to work at Reekie Engineering then moved to the town’s Gas Board before leaving to start her family. In 1965 Winnie, with her former husband Robert Greenhill, moved to South Africa with their family to start a new chapter of their lives. On returning in 1974, Ms Wright used accountancy skills learned overseas to get a job with WA Findlay. The Greenhills were keen cyclists and bought the former Cobb electrical repairs store in Lochlands Street, opening their eponymous cycle shop Greenhill Cycles. The shop secured a health board contract for wheelchair repair and business thrived, leading to the opening of the Bib ‘n’ Brace work wear shop in Brothock Bridge, and another cycle shop in George Street, Montrose. The Lochlands Street shop later moved to new premises in the High Street. Ms Wright was well-known by the Royal Marines of RM Condor, who supplemented their basic cold-weather gear with emerging brand names from Greenhills. The businesses wound down in the mid-1990s and Ms Wright kept working full-time as a bookkeeper with local businesses, including Whittons and CMS, retiring at the age of 70. As well as being an ardent member of the congregation at Arbroath Town Mission, Ms Wright was fully committed to her family. She is survived by daughters Joyce and Linda; grandchildren Alan, Fraser, Callum and Charlotte; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral service takes place at the Town Mission at 2pm on Monday, thereafter to Parkgrove Crematorium in Friockheim. Family flowers only and donations can be made to Roxburghe House at the Mission and Crematorium.

Angus & The Mearns

Tartan Army stalwart and writer Billy ‘Mad Dog’ McLeod

November 12 2014

An Angus man who chronicled his travels around the world with the Tartan Army has lost his battle with cancer aged 57. Billy “Mad Dog” McLeod was inspired to write his memoirs based on exploits with the Scotland football team’s travelling support and a career in the oil industry. His story, collated in book format after he was diagnosed with cancer in August, proved a hit with football fans and sold more than 3,000 copies in one week alone. The Arbroath man died peacefully in hospital with close members of his family at his bedside. Billy dubbed Mad Dog by other diehard fans - summed up the “jovial defeatism” most travelling Scotland supporters are forced to adopt. “Even when we get beat, nobody bothers,” he joked. “Once we were in a pub in Sweden after Germany beat us and the fans asked what we did when we win, as we were having a great time. “I said I can’t mind the last time we won.” Friend and author Andrew McArthur wrote the book Over the Top With the Tartan Army and he was involved in a couple of the anecdotes. One visit was to Italy for the World Cup in 1990, during which his group laid a wreath at Bonnie Prince Charlie’s grave in Vatican City. “We drove in a rickety van and my pal had already phoned ahead to arrange access,” said Billy. “We took a wreath with the flowers of all the different clans and by the time we got to Rome it was looking a bit ragged.” Plans to edit the original for a paperback sadly did not come to fruition, but Billy’s book is still available as an e-book from Amazon and all royalties from The Ballad of Mad Dog McLeod will go to Macmillan Cancer Care. Billy is survived by his mum Ruby, wife Helen, sister Ann, brother James, son Billy, and daughters Louise and Megan. His funeral will take place at Parkgrove Crematorium, Friockheim, at 3.30pm on Thursday.