1985 - Peter Davidson, of Aberdeen Judo Club, pins James Fraser, of the Beehive Club, to the floor
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Gallery: Getting to grips with judo


This week’s Aberdonian looks at some of the many judo events which have taken place in the city of the last few decades. Our gallery features former Olympians, medal-winning juniors and top-quality instructors who have all had an impact on the sport in the north-east.

1993 - Magician Garry Seagraves and Basil the rabbit are performing in the Stars of Tomorrow competition at His Majesty's Theatre.
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Gallery: Rabbits hop into the frame


There’s no animal more synonymous with Easter than the adorable bunny. So to five everyone a little boost today, we’ve featured a selection of some of our favourite rabbit pictures form our archives.

1984 - Mrs Moira McLennan with her son Bruce (13) (fourth from left), and several of the neighbours  children who would use a play area if the council agreed to building one in the background.
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Gallery: Seaton through the years


This week’s Aberdonian looks at the community of Seaton through the years. Everything from the opening of house developments, the areas stunning park and some of the events involving Seaton’s youngsters have all featured in the Evening Express.

1992 - Foreign Eggs: Mike Wood with just some of the chocolate Easter Eggs for sale at West End Chocolates, Thistle Street, Aberdeen. 
Aberdeens high-flyers are shelling out on foreign Easter treats for their loved ones.
City sweet shops say customers are dipping deep into their pockets for chocolate eggs imported from America, France, Belgium and Switzerland. 
Our sales have been very good over the last week, said Mike Wood of West End Chocolates in Thistle Street.
The eggs are proving very popular with young people with a bit of cash to spare.
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Gallery: Easter over the years


This week’s Aberdonian looks at some of the family-friendly Easter events which have taken place across the north-east since the 70s. This pun-filled selection of images all appeared in the Evening Express between 1970 and 1993.

1995: Organiser Dennis Davidson roars on his rink from left, Stephen Birrell, Julie Fletcher, Ian Flett, Gwen Davidson, Jim Preacher, Chris Burns and Drew Leil.
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Gallery: Voluntary Service Aberdeen


This week’s Aberdonian has taken a look back at the Voluntary Service Aberdeen. These images, from the 80s and 90s, show some of the incredible events the service has been involved in.  

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Gallery: Memories of Victoria Road School


This week’s Aberdonian has taken a look back through at Victoria Road School. These images, from the 80s and 90s, show life inside the former school in Torry. Watch: Take a look inside Aberdeen’s Victoria Road School

1952: The Denburn area in 1952 before it got demolished.
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Gallery: All change at Denburn


This week’s Aberdonian takes a look at how the Denburn has changed over the decades. Some of our readers will have no memory of the area before the dual carriageway was created to help traffic passing through the city. These images from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, show the area as it used to be.

1979: Casting ewes using special pens at a farm in the Glens of Foundland, between Inverurie and Huntly.
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Gallery: Sheep through the years


This week’s Aberdonian takes a look at sheep through the years. We’ve featured escaped sheep, a runaway lamb and prize-winning ewes in this gallery, which includes pictures from as far back as 1949.

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"About to dig the first turf at Shell Expro's new site at Altens industrial estate, Aberdeen, is their general manager Mr Bill Murphy watched by (left to right) - Mr David Brewster, head of Shell Expro's property services; Mr Dall Fraser, administration manager; Mr Harry Nicolson of Fairhurst and Partners, clerk of works for the development and Mr Ken Cruickshank, engineer with Fairhurst and Partners."

Used: P&J 18/03/1980
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Gallery: Looking back at Shell in the city


This week’s Aberdonian takes a look at oil giant Shell’s time in the Granite City. Taken from our archives, the images cover everything from groundbreaking at the site in Tullos, to charity work carried out by the staff.

1990: An Aberdeen cat spent a night on the tiles and had to be rescued by firemen at the end of her ordeal.
Two-year-old Meggie was stranded on the roof of a four-storey tenement in the city centre yesterday until she was safely brought back to earth.
The intrepid feline managed to squeeze through the window of a top-storey George Street flat and was discovered on the roof at around 7 a.m. yesterday.
Insp. Bill Simpson, of the Aberdeen Association of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals, said the cat was in no danger.
Firemen brigade waited until after rush-hour to stop the traffic and put their hydraulic platform into action.
Meggie’s owner said: ‘’I’m not sure how long she was on the roof, but I think she had been out all night. She’s never had any adventures like this before and I was a bit worried about her, but I’m sure she will be all right.’’
Leading Fireman Scott Douglas said: ‘’I have had to rescue cats before, but not using the hydraulic platform. It was quite straightforward once I got up there.’’
And as Meggie was escorted home by her relived owner last night, Insp. Simpson said: ‘’She’s a bit frightened, but a big drink of milk and seat by the fire and she’ll be fine.’’

P&J 11/04/1990.
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Gallery: Cuddling up with cats


This week’s gallery has taken a turn to the furry side. Instead of our usual historical shots of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, we’re taking time out to appreciate some of our favourite feline friends.