December 1986

Ticket Bonus for A-ha Fans

There was a renewed ray of hope yesterday for teenage female fans in Dundee who thought Friday’s Caird Hall concert by Scandinavian pop heart-throbs A-ha was a sell-out. Some 150 of those who missed out when the majority of the tickets went on sale earlier this year could strike lucky.The Caird Hall central booking office, inundated by queues of fans wanting to see the Norwegian trio on their first Dundee appearance when tickets went on sale in April, faced another rush yesterday after picking up an extra 150 tickets for the performance out of the blue. They were held back by promoter Mel Bush for his own use, according to office staff. But now he has released them for the general public at £8.50 each.

A-ha’s first performance in Dundee is part of the final leg of an exhaustive world tour which has seen them perform to near Beatlemania-like scenes in Australia, the U.S.A. and Europe.

Discovery to be Re-floated

Captain Scott’s famous Antarctic exploration ship, R.S.S. Discovery, will be re-floated today following her seven-week in “dry docking” at Dundee.

Originally planned to last six weeks, the docking was extended to allow completion of caulking. Discovery’s hull has been hosed and scraped clean and it has had four protective coats of primer and paint applied after caulking was finished.

Discovery’s restoration is just one of the projects being undertaken by the Dundee Heritage Trust and its sister organisation Dundee Industrial Heritage.

The successful dry docking marks the first phase of the restoration work. It has cost £38,000 and a further £500,000 is required over the next three years to completely restore the vessel.

The dry-docking contract was undertaken by Dundee-based Caledonian Fabrications, who were assisted by skilled ship-wrights from McKay’s boatyard, Arbroath, where wooden vessels are still constructed,

In addition to the contract work, the trust’s own team has completed a thorough plank by plank survey of Discovery’s outer hull. This has been painstakingly drawn and fully documented. Helping with this crucial task were ship’s mate Hugh Scott and volunteers John Waters and Gill Phillips.

Officers and men of R.N.R Camperdown will crew Discovery back to her Victoria Dock berth this afternoon.

Display of Originals

Dundee Public Libraries are mounting a Danish Art exhibition in the Wellgate Centre. The originals of illustrations for some of the stories of Hans Christian Anderson feature in a display containing some beautiful drawings, in both colour and black and white. One of the most atmospheric- and all capture the flavour of the texts they illustrate unerringly – is surely the lithograph by Marlie Brande of a horse-drawn wagon speeding along a sandy road under a cloudy, moonlit sky.

The delicate pencil of Vilhelm Pedersen gracefully records the sad end of the dancer in “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” and Louis Moe’s vigorous pen drawings for “The Ugly Duckling” are likewise very effective.

Generous Customers

The proceeds of a charity weekend held in “What Every Woman Wants” store in Dundee were presented yesterday to Mr Ian Chalmers, co-ordinator of the Laurelbank Family Centre.

A total of £305 was raised on Saturday and Sunday in the store, when members of staff handed out sweets and balloons in the hope of receiving donations from customers.
Rupert the Bear, in the form of Christina Leonard and a giant panda, played by Nina Davidson and Moira Reilly, roamed the store collecting money, which will be used to buy Christmas presents for the centre’s 35-40 attendees.

The cheque was presented by Derek Folganan, sales assistant, who said the winner of the talking teddy bear raffled to raise money was Tracey Wynne of Douglas.

Arts Council Chief Open Gallery

Scottish Arts Council director Mr Timothy Mason officially opened the Dundee Printmakers Workshop and Seagate Gallery complex on Saturday.

The gallery, at 36-4- Seagate, has been open since August and has already mounted three successful exhibitions, each of which attracted more than 3000 people.

The Scottish Arts Council contributed £30,000 – the largest single amount towards the £81,000 capital costs, and also provides £55,000 a year for running costs.

Mr Mason found the combination of a gallery where people could look at art and a workshop where the public could participate in it especially pleasing.

Dundee’s New Chairman
Dundee Football Club has a new Chairman. Mr Graham Thomson succeeds Mr Ian Gellatly, who resigned the post at a board meeting at Dens Park yesterday. Mr Gellatly and fellow director Mr Maurice Speedie were both re-elected to the board.

You’ll be Impressed in Presto

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McVitie’s Digestive 400g – 33p
Presto Lemonade/cola 2 litre – 39p
Harley’s Jam 12oz – 37p
Pedigree Chum original large – 31p
Scotch Minced Beef per lb – 88p
Large Jaffa Oranges each – 19p
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