Family takes over local newsagents

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A WELL-KNOWN Arbroath newsagency opened under new owners at the weekend.

On Sunday the Keptie Newsagent on Keptie Street opened its doors with the Butler family who have lived in Arbroath for the last 25 years at the helm.

The family members are keen to maintain the important position and links the business has with the community and long-standing staff member Barbara Butler will be staying on in the shop.

Taking on the role of manageress is Danielle McMillan who started a number of years ago as a paper girl and has worked her way up the ladder.

Proprietor James Butler said: “There will be very little change and we are delighted that the loyal staff will remain with us while we endeavour to maintain the excellent paper delivery service throughout the town and rural area and we will continue to offer utility top-ups, confectionery, tobacco, soft drinks, greeting cards, stationary and a wide range of magazine and newspapers.”

It is hoped that future developments could include the installation of the National Lottery and the family welcome any suggestions from customers on further improvements.

Opening hours will continue as usual, Monday to Saturday 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a Sunday.

Bridge presentations

AT A small ceremony at Arbroath Bowling Club on Monday, Robert Robertson, president of Brothock Bridge Club, presented books and (tongue-in-cheek) certificates to 10 members of the bridge class which has been meeting there. He congratulated them on completing the course, and hoped they would continue to play – preferably at the Brothock Club on Tuesday evenings.

He also thanked Eric Yeaman for organising and tutoring the course, other members of the club for support, and Arbroath Bowling Club for providing the premises.

Members of the class are already attending the main club with success, and are joining existing members for the end-of-season meal and informal competition on April 2.