April 1985

Growing List at Tannadice

Blackness LibraryDundee United defender Dave Narey could miss Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final rehearsal with Aberdeen at Pittodrie. He has a knee injury and joins a growing list of Tannadice casualties including John Holt, Ralph Milne, John Reilly and Tommy Coyne.


Toni Scott Charts the Dundee Live Music Scene
Monday's a busy night in Dundee.
If you don't fancy Sheila Walsh at the Caird Hall, there's the choice of Chris Barber's Jazz and Blues Band in concert a the Whitehall Theatre or Ray Harper at the Bonar Hall. So unless you're a Coronation Street fan, there's no excuse to stay in on Monday evening at all.

Continuing with their policy of bringing some of the countries best up-and-coming groups (you was Bronski Beat and King there, didn't you?), the Dance Factory have The One O'Clock Gang performing in Fat Sam's this Sunday.

Band to watch out for over the next few weeks are Les Enfants, The Three Johns, The Monochrome Set and Sunset Gun.

Fancy wallowing in a little nostalgia? Radio Tay are presenting a "Swingin' Sixties" night in the Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, on April 24. Stars of the show (apart form compere Ally Bally, of course) are Gerry and the Pacemakers, Susan Maugham, The Fortunes and The Merseysiders. According to my mum, who remembers such stars, it should be a great night out!

Ham Roll Ups

Take 4 slices of cooked ham. 1 small onion, 4 mushrooms, 2 tablespoons butter, ½ teaspoonful celery, salt and pepper, 1 cupful of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, 8 pineapple pieces, 3-4 tablespoons of pineapples juice.

Peel and finely chop the onion. Wash dry and chop the mushrooms. Heat butter in frying pan, add onion and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes until tender. Season with the celery, salt and pepper. Remove pan from the heat and cool for a few minutes, add the soft cheese and mix well. Stir in the chopped parsley.

Place ham slices out flat. Spread two to three spoons of the filling on each slice of ham. Roll up and fasten with a toothpick. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. To serve, cut each roll in half and place a piece of pineapple on top of each roll and brush with a little pineapple juice. Miss Clarke, Aboyne.

By Pass Opening

The official opening ceremony for the new Invergowrie by pass has been provisionally arranged for May 15, Tayside roads committee were told this week. The new by-pass, built at a total estimated cost of £2.405 million, is intended to remove through traffic from Invergowrie's main street and is in response to years of lobbying by the villagers.

Originally scheduled for 1985/86, the project was brought forward by the Scottish Development Department following pleas from villagers, who were supported in their fight by Tayside Regional Council.

Bright Tips

Safe Brooch - If your pretty brooch doesn't have a safety catch, put the pin through a plastic ear-ring keeper and then fasten. This won't slip open. Mrs C. Inkster, Shetland.

Add Macaroni - To make tuna go further, add cooked macaroni, very nice. Miss Clarke, Aboyne.

Perfect - Want to know the perfect way to open a coconut? Puncture the ends, drain out the milk. Bake the nut on a tray in a moderate oven for about an hour until the shell starts to crack. When cool, lever open along the cracks. Mrs Cromer, Aberdeen.

Mascot of the Week

Mascot at Dens Park this week is 11 year old Graeme Melvin, of Applecross Gardens, Dundee. He is a pupil of Gowriehill Primary School in Dundee.

Letter's Page

Fascinating Street Names
Unusual street names are interesting, but it's not always easy to know the origins of them. What stories could Poet's Place and Convener's Wynd, in Brechin, tell? Bucklemaker Court, in Dundee, conjures up fancy shoes and belts worn in olden times.

Was there ever a pottery in Teapot Lane, Inverkeilor, or were they famous for much tea-drinking there. Recently, I read of a Hen Pen Lane, in Edzell. No wonder it's a fascinating study.
Mrs E. Taylor, Brechin.

Will Vandals Beat the Clock?

Concern has been expressed in Lochee over the possible loss, through redevelopment, of Cox's Stalk and the stylish Camperdown Mill clock tower.

But this week came alarming indications that the issue could be pre-decided - by vandals!
If the stalk is just too big to crush by stick and stone, the same now can't be said for the clock tower. A current attack on it has seen window pane's smashed on the level just below the clock. An even the glass face of the attractive clock itself has been broken.

Both stalk and clock tower have been listed as of architectural interest. And there has been particular concern that the stalk be preserved, as it's virtually unique in the entire U.K. Hope were also expressed that the clock tower be kept, along with some of the surrounding buildings, as community activity space.

Question marks over both structures have arisen, however, since proposals were brought to Dundee city council regarding a private house development at the old mill site.

Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Visit Jeremy in her new home
At Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee
Open 10am to 4pm every day except Friday, 3pm close.
Admission 35p (40p after 1st April)
Phone 623555