Bygone News - 25 to 50 years ago

September 1986

Charity Marathon

Bottom HilltownA twelve hour darts marathon ended with over £360 raised for the Kidney Machine Association.

The eight strong team from the Bay-view Bar ladies’ darts tam began at 10 a.m. and were joined later in the day by another two members.

The marathon was held in the Princes Street Snooker Club and highest scores of the day were recorded by Nancy Chaplin and Moira McLaren. Read more......

August 1986

Fancy a Flume for Dundee?

MurraygateDundee Leisure Centre could be in line for the additionof a star attraction – and one which could bring thousands more people clicking through the turnstiles.

Lately City Council Officers have been looking around at the success of flumes, those giant, thrilling water slides which have become a feature of leisure facilities in many parts of the country.

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July 1986

Kevin’s Best Role? By Gordon Gray

OvergateDundee United’s Jim McLean, is by self-confession, the hardest man to please in football, so when he raves about a young player he must possess unique skills. Read more......

June 1986

A Place to Take Your Problem

MultisDrug-taking and the AIDS virus are two of the prime worries in modern living, especially among the young. But there is a place in Dundee which provides guidance.

The Wishart Drug Problems Centre is situated at 61, King Street and was opened in June 1985. The staff see a variety of people who recognise they have a problem, whether it is with illegal drugs, tranquillisers, solvents, pain killers or whatever. Read more......

May 1986

Close Watch on the Travelling People

The presence of a camp of travelling people at a prestigious Dundee waterfront site was being closely monitored by police last night as more caravans arrived.

Seven caravans "pitched camp" at the prominent S.D.A site between Craig Harbour and Dundee Railway station, on Riverside Drive on Wednesday evening. Read more......

April 1986


Warm Welcome Awaits Discovery

MurraygateA rousing reception is expected today for the R.R.S. Discovery when she returns to the waters of the Tay, 85 years after departing for Captain Scott's 1901 expedition to the Antarctic. Three escort ships - The Coral Star, the lifeboat Spirit of Tayside and the Tay pilot cutter - were due to meet Discovery and the ship carrying her home, the semi-submerged Happy Mariner, at the Fairway Bouy at the mouth of the Tay at 2.30 p.m. Read more......

March 1986


Cold Payments: Deluge on Dundee Hotline

OvergateMore than 800 Dundonians have contacted the D.H.S.S seeking help with their fuel bills since the exceptionally severe weather payments system first came into operation last Friday.  Read more......

February 1986

Misty's Lounge

ShopsWide selection of Beers and Spirits
Disco every Friday and Saturday
Dancing every evening
Live entertainment Tuesday and Sunday evenings
28 Albert Street, Dundee. Read more......

January 1986

Fancy a Move?

Central BarDundee's main housing office in Castle Street runs a house exchange "swap shop" on an internal notice board. Tenants like it. They can look for themselves at what's available throughout the city. And if they want to exchange their own house, they simply card their details and add them to the list. Read more......

December 1985

Blitz Thursday

WellgateIt was B for blitz day in Dundee yesterday (Thursday) as the city buzzed as never before. Circumstances combined to see the town thronging with people. Most notably the pre-Christmas shopping rush (plus pay cheques being in the bank at the start of the month) and the strike in the schools. Read more......