As we’ve now officially entered the election campaign I’m following the advice of Hull Tigers fan and brains behind BRAPA, Tom.
So, none of my usual hidden political messages placed subliminally in posts telling you to register to vote and for the best candidate.
Well, only this semi-political rant about Angus Council and their daft parking charges.
I’d nearly taken the train there on the Sunday to watch the big Brechin v Airdrie clash, but the lack of a Guide pub swung it Huntly’s way.
Mind, if I’d been a tad older the half pint and a nip for £2.60 would have been unmissable.
I’d made Brechin my half-way stop on the way to Perth for the unarguable reason that I’d never been there, and I want to visit all the cities. Particularly one whose football team was playing mighty St Mirren 18 months ago.
By the by, are there any Scottish places that aren’t either Cathedral cities/the birthplace of Scotland/the home of Burns ?
If I come back to Brechin I’ll stay at the Northern and have High Tea.
For now, I was content with coffee and cake and Cathedral. Should take no more than 90 minutes.
I only pay nominal charges to park, if at all. For context, the Cathedral city of Ely is free, as are loads of small market towns.
So I parked up the road where half an hour was free, and scrapped the idea of coffee and cake (sorry, Julie’s Breakfast & Burgers).
Brechin must be a real tourist hotspot, I reasoned.
Both of those are on the High Street, which was deserted at 10am.
The hardware store on Market Street was under no illusions as to who was to blame.
Brechin isn’t without charm, particularly on the approach to the Cathedral.
No-one, at all, in the Cathedral either, which is a little spooky. I left the coins I’d saved by not parking in the Council car park in the donation box, and got lost trying to find my way back to the car.
I did wonder if the city had been evacuated, following contamination by the Airdrie supporters at the weekend, but then an old chap shuffled past, eyes down.
I will guarantee you the Caledonian will now be in the 2021 Guide.