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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:56

I was born in Liverpool but was sent to live with my grandparents in Dundee (Gardner Street, opposite the allotments.) when I was 4 years old. I went to Ancrum Road School in 1950/1951, for about the next 5 years. Their ground floor flat had a huge bedroom at the front, and another smaller one. There was a press and a toilet off the hallway and then at the back, overlooking the 'greenie' was the living room/ dining room with their bed in a large recess! There was a coal fire with a large over mantle and a coal bunker in the window bay. Looking out of this window to the left was a row of terraced houses with a plettie running the length of them. They had enclosed staircases up to the pletties which probably housed toilets! Every Mondat my grandparents would have to go down to the cellars where the washhouse was and get the fire going under the copper boiler. Once this was ready my gran would load the washing into the boiling water and then agitate it with 'posser?' I think it's

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:50

I lived above Andrew Woodcock in mentioned  78, Lochee Road. I live near Aberdeen now, but last time I drove down Lochee road, the old tenement had been demolished. Andrew's brother Stuart was my pal during that time and my brother Andrew B was Andrew W's pal. All the "noisy" families lived over one another.

The other close - No 76 was much more civilised, accommodating The minister of Morrison Congregational church - Mr McGauly, who in later life gave away some of his treasured possessions to this unruly bunch - including a tent, a sawfish saw and an ostrich egg, which were pretty exotic for us nyaffs!

There was a stable behind us which had a corrugated roof for the horses used by Ballingalls brewery. We would slide down the roof in our tackety boots, much to the chagrin of the grooms when the startled horse tramped on their feet and squashed them against the side of the stalls.

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 11:47

I was born in 1946 brought up in City Road (the roadie) as we called it. I went to Blackness Primary school the Logie Secondary, I was in the netball and swimming teams in both schools. I remember the old baths when there were 3 pools.

Childhood memory of my mum taking my brother and myself down the Old Overgate to the pea buster stall then over to Greenhill for our Saspirilla (Black Sass).

As teenagers we went to the Hap on the Arbroath Road we all remember Ciao the owner for his famous Hap Dances. As we got older we went to The J M or The Palais, I always remember the twist competitions that were held in the J M Ballroom
Happy Days memories that will last forever.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 12:00

I was born 1949 lived in Derby Street then moved to 7 Dallfield Walk when I was 4. We then moved to Kirkton when I was10 but great memories from Dallfield Walk was at Rosebank School....great times.

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 12:10

I was born in Maryfield  Hospital in 1950 and lived  in Buchanan Street until we got moved to Douglas in 1953. I went to St Vincent school until age 7 when a new school St Pius was built opposite my house  in Balmerino Road. I used to love going to the baths on Saturday morning one week and the Gaumont on another, I used to love going through the Arcade under the  Caird Hall and see the roast chicken turning on the spit. It made me feel really hungry.

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 12:05

My memories of staying in the beautiful city and delightful Broughty Ferry now need a kick start....
 
Stayed at Tayview Guest House, believed to be in St Vincent Street just around the corner from the welcoming Sliding Tackle pub (our adopted local).

Worked in Main Road adjacent to the Timex factory upgrading electricity cables and jointing, at the time of Tay Bridge construction. A gang of seven, we made several friends, among them a crowd who claimed to be known as the "Dundee Bums".

A couple of them introduced us to the canteen at The Timex factory. Were we being naughty using it as non employees?
Was the main local ballroom called the "Palais" or the "Locarno"? (
A further one possibly the "Chalet" along the esplanade?
I wonder if the guest house is still in business? Probably not I guess...

Keep racking my brains to remember the name of the hotel that had a superb band playing on a Sunday evening along from the City

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:52

With regards to Stanley's comment, Baxter Park Terrace was a block away from Baldovan Terrace, running from Pitkero Road to Arbroath Road. Park Avenue ran from Baxter Park along the bottom of Baldovan Terrace, crossing Morgan Street and into Albert Street.

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:47

I've just read about Nighebhoy on his way to school. The shop opposite Rosefield Street was called the Gift Shop and was Arthur Spinks mum's shop, the well known Dundee accordion player, he was boyhood pal of mine and I can still hear  his mum shouting 'Arthur, time to practice'.