April 1982

Poparound - Looks like being a sell out for Elkie

Victoria RoadIt seems as though the bulk of music lovers in Dundee are set for an evening of good music today (Friday). The tickets for the Elkie Brooks concert are all but sold out - the remaining few are expected to go quickly at the door.It is good to see such a response to a concert in Dundee - let's hope it happens more often. The success of this particular one is due, of course, to the lady's chart successes in recent months. Her album "Pearls" has been a massive hit in this country and right across Europe too.


Plans for a large Sports & Recreational Complex in the former Douglasfield works in Dundee were turned down by the District Council's Development Control Committee last night (Thursday). The committee accepted that their officials' recommendation that the buildings be retained for possible future industrial use.

The plan by T.S. Sport & Social Club was to house an ice rink, football/exhibition area, a social club and bar, an indoor bowling area, a public gymnasium, a bingo hall, possible squash courts and administration facilities.

Banana Scones

Children love these - Mrs E. Simpson, Headhouse, Clatt, By Huntly.

Take 8oz self-raising flour, 2 bananas, 1½oz margarine, 1 egg yolk, 1oz sugar and a little milk.
Sieve the flour and rub in the margarine. Add in the sugar and chop the banana into small pieces and add to the mixture. Add the egg yolk and a little milk to make a stiff dough. Roll out and cut into rounds. Makes about 12.

Brush the top of the scones with egg white and place on a floured tray. Cook for 10 minutes at 230c or 450f. Cool on a wire tray.

Disney Classics for Easter

The Easter holiday helping of Walt Disney animation feature films continues next week with three out of four cinema's in the Dundee area screening them. The Victoria, Dundee and The Palace, Arbroath both retain Disney's latest cartoon animal adventure "The Fox and the Hound" (u). It tell the story of how a fox cub and a hunting dog puppy become friends but as they grow older they are forced to become enemies due to the pup's owner being Amos Slade, a fox hunter.

The Regal, Broughty Ferry is showing a Disney double bill comprising "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "Winnie the Pooh" both (U) certificates. The former tells the story of three young cockney evacuees billeted with a country lady who turns out to be a trainee witch. "Winnie the Pooh" is one of the classic children's stories in which the "hunny" loving Pooh bumbles his way through life with the help of his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and of course Christopher Robin.

Local Compete in France

Local juvenile under- 16 club Downfield are taking part in a European Tournament in France this weekend. With a host of crack Continental teams entered the Downfield lads face a tough hurdle, but they are going well this season and club officials are optimistic.

John Babin, a former Sidlaw official who has arranged several continental trips for local teams in recent years was asked by the    French organiser to send out a Dundee club. He contacted local juvenile secretary Jimmy Johnston and he arranged for the crack Downfield side to represent the city in France.

Pottery Classes

The new term starts the week of  April 19. Wheel thrown and handbuilt techniques, enamelling and ruku firings. £12.50 for a ten week course - plus materials. Thursday morning class and evening classes 7pm to 9pm.
Inquiries: Sheena Livingstone, D.A. Arbroath.

Lost in Freezing Weather

Three Dundee teenagers were faced with a night in a tent in freezing conditions on the Sidlaws on Saturday after one of them fell, injuring an ankle. The accident happened after the boys Alexander Dunn (14), Scott Foy (14), Gary Mitchell (13) had walked five miles into the hills. Luckily police found the trio huddled together in a tent near Forbes's Cabin between Balluderon Hill and Auchterhouse Hill shortly before 2am on Sunday.

Another Blow for the Jobs' Scene

Dundee's troubled industrial scene suffered another setback yesterday (Thursday) when the announcement that Veeder-Root Ltd., plans to axe 70 jobs in the city. The redundancies are expected to take effect within the next few weeks. The situation has been brought about by a drop-off in the demand for the petrol pump computers the Dundee plant manufactures.

Waverley Will Bring Back Many Memories

This weekend sees a first for Dundee as the paddle steamer "Waverley" cruises into the Tay to begin a short series of trips for local enthusiasts. Enthusiasts in this case are those who want to take the opportunity of viewing our immediate coastline and sample life aboard a ship similar to those seen crossing the Atlantic one hundred years ago.

The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and was built in 1947 as a replacement for the original Waverley which was sunk by the enemy at Dunkirk.

This is the Waverley's first visit to Dundee and is the first real sea-going paddle steamer to cruise down the Tay since the local firm of D & J Nicol ran the Marchioness of Bute and the paddle steamer Sheve Bearnagh in Edwardian days.

Older Dundonians will remember the Tay paddle ferries Sir William High and B.L Nairn but for many this weekend will be the first chance to sample the delights of a paddle steamer in home waters.

The Waverley which has room for 1200 passengers has a bar, restaurant and snack bar and even its own post box - sails into King George Wharf berth no.12 tomorrow. Her first cruise will set off at 1.45pm and will be an afternoon's sail down the Tay and round the Bell Rock.  She will return for more cruises on May 8th, for three days including trips to the Forth Bridges, Montrose and the Isle of May.

Library Re-opens

The newly extended branch library at Whitfield Shopping Centre opens to the public today (Friday).