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November 1980

Fireworks Fun for all the Family

WellgateCity of Dundee District Council
Civic Amenities Division
entertainments section presents
Wednesday November 5th 
Guy Fawkes Celebrations
Grand fireworks displays will be
held at the following areas:-  Read more......

October 1980

Won Contract

Blackness LibraryVeeder Root Ltd., Dundee, won a £1 million contract for the supply of over 500 petrol pumps to Shell Denmark. But, despite this order, Veeder Root will have to make 75 more employees redundant because of the present recession. Read more......

September 1980

We are the Champions

HilltownThe Whitfield High School team which won the BBC TV competition, "We are the Champions", received a civic reception yesterday. The team comprised first year pupils Fraser Cooke, Steven Doyle, John McGlashan, Gary McGregor, Susan Lorimer, Lorraine Patullo, Kathleen Smith and Denise Robertson. Read more......

August 1980

Invasion of Bees

MurraygateWhen bees invaded his cabin, the driver of a double-decker bus lost control and the vehicle hit a lamp-post in Strathmartine Road. Two passengers were treated for shock. Read more......

July 1980

All Mod Cons in New Police Station

StreetsceneIf you live in the west end of Dundee, the chances are you'll not yet have taken advantage of the latest amenity in the district. There again, when you consider the new amenity is a police sub-station, you'll be glad you haven't had an occasion to use it! Read more......

June 1980

Redundancies at Tay Textiles

WellgateTay Textiles Ltd., said there would be 270 redundancies soon at two of their works. Dura Works is to close and production will be centred on Hillbank. Out of 500 employed in the two factories 175 will lose their jobs. The other 95 redundancies will occur at Bower Mill. Read more......

May 1980

Stores Closing

Dundee MultisAlex Smith Stores Ltd are closing their 100 High Street, Lochee, branch tomorrow (Saturday). Mr Smith says bad planning split the Lochee shopping area and cut his trade by 75% Smiths' store has been in Lochee for 30 years. There are other branches in Commercial Street, Hilltown and Wellgate. Read more......

April 1980

More Closures

Murraygate46 jobs will be lost when Yarrow Engineers (Glasgow) Ltd close their branch at Dundee Harbour on May 9th. The firm blames substantial trading losses and discouraging prospects for ship-repair work in Dundee. Yarrow came to the city just over a year ago. Read more......

March 1980

Closure of Bleachworks

OvergateThe Dundee Bleachworks' plant at Pitkerro Road, Midmill, owned by William Watson (Dundee) Ltd., is closing at the end of March. Seventy jobs will be lost. The import of cheaper-priced carpets from abroad is blamed for the closure. Read more......

February 1980


HilltownThe city's worse snowfall for several years practically paralysed Dundee on Sunday. Many vehicles were stuck in deep drifts and the buses were withdrawn early in the afternoon. More snow fell intermittently during the week but this morning (Friday), heavy rain was washing much of it away, although roads on the outskirts were still under deep slush. Read more......