Bygone News - 50 to 75 years ago

October 1961

Giant Clear-Out is Planned for Lochee

St Roques LibraryFantastic changes are planned for Lochee. Within the next few years the very heart of the Dundee suburb will be removed and replaced by new-look buildings.

The area affected is roughly the triangle bounded by the north side of South Road, Bank Street, High Street, Liff Road, the east side of Gray Street and back down to South Road. Read more......

September 1961

It’s ‘Derby’ Day in Dundee (From Bob Miller’s Page)

Bank StreetA visit from Rangers or Celtic used to set the fans talking for days before the match. It still does, but not more so than a clash between Dundee and United since the latter were promoted. Read more......

August 1961

New Look Hilltown to Cost £2 Million

High StreetFour 24-storey blocks of flats are imposing features of a plan for the redevelopment of nearly 15 acres in the Hilltown area of Dundee. The scheme of 600 houses, shops, stores, community centre, lock-ups, play spaces &c., it is estimated to cost in the region of £2 million. Read more......

July 1961

Bands on Parade

Camperdown LibraryBands from all over Scotland are coming to Dundee tomorrow to take part in the Civic Week pipe band contest at Riverside Park. Read more......

June 1961

Dick Gets Gold

City Square 1953Dick McTaggart, Dundee, received the gold medal for defeating Petar Benedek, of Yugoslavia in the light-weight final of the European amateur boxing championships in Belgrade on Saturday night. Read more......

May 1961

Super Canteen

Canteen users on the Industrial Estate should have better facilities soon. The new canteen building beside N.C.R. Block 4 should be ready in about 1 month.

It has a light and bright cafeteria seating 420, a restaurant for 160, and a management room seating 30, which will be used mainly by senior executive. Read more......

April 1961

Red Cross Week

Wellgate StepsNext week is Red Cross Week and the Dundee branch will be contributing to the national effort. The rooms at 31 Reform Street will be open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday midday, between the hours of 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and at night from 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. The object is to show the public how to deal with emergencies, and what the normal procedure of the Red Cross is. Read more......

March 1961

What a Racket the Leather Bag Kicked Up

Arbroath RoadWhat sounded like a strident motor horn started blowing inside a factory at Dundee industrial estate. And it went on for 15 minutes. Some worker thought it was a civil defence alarm. Others wondered if it was a new signal for knocking-off. But the racket came from a leather bag. It's the latest in containers designed to foil the bank-money thief. The bag contains an inside metal box. It's equipped with battery and klaxon alarm. There are three special locks and a strong leather wrist-band. Read more......

February 1961

No Coal Crisis

Crescent StreetThe domestic coal situation in Dundee should give now cause for alarm.

Chairman of Dundee and District Retail Coal Merchants' Association, Mr David Younger, said
on Tuesday night, "The supplies of coal in the last fortnight have been much better. In spite of the long winter the stock position is not giving any cause for anxiety" Read more......

January 1961

Threat to Today's Tay Ferries Service

High StreetLate last night a large question mark hung over today's Tay Ferry Services. The Scotscraig, the only diesel ferry in service, developed propeller trouble and there was a possibility that the paddler B.L. Nairn would have to run an hourly service. Read more......