Bygone News - 50 to 75 years ago

September 1962

The ‘Dee are Here!

The Dundee victory song rang in millions of homes on Wednesday over the Eurovision TV link. Many had never even heard of the team. And they marvelled as Dundee smashed their way to an incredible 8-1 win over West German champs, Cologne. Read more......

August 1962

It’s Derby Day at Dens

Dens ParkThe League Cup is on again today after a break on Wednesday. It’s a do-or-die day for both Dundee and United.

The rivals meet at Dens Park and the loser can forget about the cup for another season. Read more......

July 1962

The End of a Harbour Era?

Dundee DocksThe filling in of the tidal basin to make way for the Tay Road Bridge approaches may spell the end of Dundee’s oldest sand company.

It is the Tay Sand Company, founded in 1837, and now run by Mr Joseph Barlow and his son. When the dock is filled in, Mr Barlow is faced with moving to an alternative site supplied by the Harbour Trust or closing down. Read more......

June 1962

Another Polio Case in Dundee

Another case of polio in Dundee has been confirmed a girl at Mid Craigie. This brings the number of confirmed polio cases in Dundee to 12.

At two o’clock this afternoon the doors of the clinic in Forester Street, were open for polio vaccine. A queue of over 100 people were standing in the sunlight outside waiting patiently for their “sweeties”. Read more......

May 1962

New Borings for Road Bridge

The small steamer Nellie Laud and the sounding launch Tommy, which arrived in the Tay to take another four test borings along the proposed line of the Tay Road Bridge, have completed their assignment. Read more......

April 1962

Fife ‘Adoption’ for Mr Gall

A forty-two year old Dundee engine drivers and trade unionist was this week adopted as prospective Unionist Parliamentary candidate for West Fife at the annual meeting of the West Fife Liberal-Unionist Association. Read more......

March 1962

New Library for Camperdown

Dundee’s eighth district library at Camperdown was opened yesterday afternoon (Friday) by Lord Provost  M. McManus. Read more......

January 1962

Dundee’s V.I.P. Weaver

A Dundee weaver will be feted when she visits the 33,000 ton liner Transvaal Castle next week. She is 53 year old Miss Elizabeth Watt, Kirkton.

The gesture is the Union Castle Line’s way of saying “thanks” to all who helped towards putting the luxury liner on her travels. Read more......

December 1961

Looks Good For Dark Blues

Camperdown HouseDundee begin a run that, on form, should yield them full points in the New Year. Today they have Stirling Albion. Next week they play Hearts at Tynecastle, and then Airdrie come to Dens. The following week they go to Paisley and then St Johnstone visit Dens. Read more......

November 1961

Boom Week at Manhattan

Angus HotelManhattan Jute Works was a very busy place this week, following a record order received by Jute Industries Ltd.

Under a five-year agreement the West of England Sack Holdings Ltd., Bristol, has agreed to purchase Jute Industries’ output of tubular-woven heavy-grain sack for the sack hire trade. The order involves a minimum of 7,000,000 sacks, is worth about £1, 500,000 and means immediate work for 375 people. Read more......