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DENTIST CHANGE

We would like to welcome Michael Byrne and Christopher Grant too our team of Dentists. Michael and Chris look forward to seeing all their Patients in the Surgery.

PRACTICE INSPECTION

At KDP we are happy to confirm that we have passed our Practice Inspection with 100% satisfaction, and also that we are only the second Practice in the Country to be awarded the Gold Star Certificate.

WINNERS

KDP won two awards at the Dentistry scotland awards. Highly commended in the team award and Winners of the community award.

SCOTTISH DENTAL AWARDS

KDP were very honoured to be short listed in three categories in the prestigious dental awards. Even though we did not win it was a great honour to be considered among the top practices in Scotland.

NEW PATIENTS

We are continuing to welcome new patients to the practice so don’t keep us a secret. Tell all your friends and family about us. We would love to see them.

FANCY A FRESHEN UP?

Book a cosmetic cleaning with Dental hygienist Julie for a gleaming smile only £36.

Red Nose 2013

Kind-hearted Angus fundraisers

Children enjoying the bouncy castle, from left, Alasdair Ferguson, Ryan Moore, Andrew Thomson and Alistair Thomson

A host of kind-hearted Angus fundraisers have teamed up to help a young girl suffering from a “heartbreaking” rare form of cancer.

Kirriemuir five-year-old Lucy Wright was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January and her parents, James and Emma, have been given a great deal of support since.

Luke Mallinson helps firefighters at Kirriemuir car wash.

A car wash at the fire station on Saturday, cake and sweet sales at a dental surgery and a bouncy castle contributed towards a pot to help pay for future treatment.

Raising more than £5,000 on its own, Kirriemuir Dental Practice had a specially-made cake, and Lucy’s classmate Luke Mallinson helped the firemen out with their efforts.

Aisling Hanly of the practice said: “We are all so pleased to have raised such a large sum of money.”

A band night on October 11 and other events have also been organised as the people of Kirrie, Forfar and the surrounding communities rallied round the girl, who has just started school.

A group of young women who teach children’s activities at Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar have put together a rocking good time for people to show their support.

Instructor Tracey Logan is one of the ladies who run Gymteds, which helps get pre-school children — and their parents — a little more active.

Kirriemuir Dental Practice staff, from left, Angela Simpson, Sharon Massie, Elle Ferguson, Helen White and Aislng Hanly

Ms Logan said her colleagues loved working with Lucy, who she described as extroverted and a “lovely wee thing”.

“She used to sing to us every day when she came in, or had something to tell you,” she said.

“She always spoke about her sister Sophie, she would stop everybody. But then I’d gone off on maternity leave.

“A couple of the other girls said she didn’t look well, and she wasn’t herself, and all of a sudden she didn’t come back. After about three weeks it turned out she had an aggressive case of childhood cancer.”

Ms Logan said Lucy’s condition is “heartbreaking as a parent.”

At times before her diagnosis, Lucy could not walk and had severe stomach pains which made her sick. Scans taken at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh revealed a large mass in her stomach.

Further tests found a tumour that covered half her side and this had spread extensively to her bones and bone marrow.

Local history

PATIENTS at the Kirriemuir Dental Practice are given a fascinating insight into the local history of the area, thanks to information plaques erected by the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust.

The land at the top of the Roods was originally known as the ‘North Muir of Liftie’ with Northmuir not taken into the Kirriemuir Burgh Boundary until 1965.

David Orr of the Trust said: “Being seen as outwith the town, roadblocks were set up here during the war by the LDV - they were removed when the Kinnordy View housing development was built in 2011. These blocks formed part of the World War Two defences and they were manned by the Home Guard.

“To commemorate the development of this last open field on Hillhead Farm between the dormitory of the Northmuir and the town of Kirriemuir, now forming an unbroken line of buildings right up to the golf course, Kirriemuir Heritage Trust felt it was appropriate to tell the story of the Northmuir on six permanent display boards placed in the reception area of the new dentist’s surgery, which was built on the site of the former roadblocks and in the last field to be developed.

“Mark Guild, the developer of the site, and Kirriemuir Dental Practice have co-operated with Kirriemuir Heritage Trust in making this possible and KHT wish to publicly thank both for their help in this project.”

The Trust hopes visitors to the dental practice will appreciate the information on display.

Some of the more unusual facts are recorded on the wall plaques are: the viewpoint on the Hill also gives a clear view west towards the Trossachs, and mountains that can be seen from Hill of Kirriemuir are Ben Lawers and Ben Ledi which are over 70 miles away. So it might be considered that the view from Kirrie Hill is the most distant view from any burgh in Scotland.

The Hill is now the location of the main telephone mast for the four main mobile telephone providers and serves as an important landmark and now overshadows Kirriemuir’s oldest relic, the standing stone.

David continued: “Many folk today will not recall the Northmuir had two auction marts at one time. Strathmore Auction Co. was on the hill and is commemorated in the name Mart Lane. The terrible storm of 1951 tore the roof off part of the mart and when the mart canteen burnt down it was never replaced.

“The Scott and Graham mart on Angle Road is now the site of the Wendyhouse playgroup and the adjacent industrial units.

“Some of the older residents will recall the day some schoolboys let all the sheep out of the pens (to let them get some grass) and all the folk of the Northmuir were out herding sheep well into the night.

“One day in the 1950s the cattle floats parked along both sides of Sheilhill Road when Princess Margaret came to visit, to slow the passing traffic so that the locals could get a good view of the Princess.”

A book on the history of the Northmuir was produced by the Northmuir WRI in the 1970s and a copy is now available at the dentists’ reception desk for anyone who wishes to learn more.

Kirriemuir Heritage Trust have also gifted a copy of the history to the Northmuir school.



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