February 1937

Dundee Ex-Teacher Writes Coronation Hymn

Reform StreetA retired Dundee teacher, Miss Jessie B. Gardiner, Balbunach, Invergowrie, has published a Coronation hymn for children, which has been acknowledged by the King.Miss Gardiner for many years was infant mistress, first in Brown Street School and latterly in Tay Street School. She retired at the end of last year owing to the illness of her sister.

She has written a large number of songs and poems for children. Her recently published collection of songs “The Happy Hour” has had a side circulation in Scotland and England. It has been used with great acceptance in Dundee schools.

At the time of the Royal Jubilee she wrote a “Jubilee song” which was broadcast, and was so much appreciated that a repeat performance was given.

The Coronation hymn has not yet been given in public. It has been tried out at school, however, and has proved exceedingly popular with the children. Miss Gardiner wrote the words and melody, and the piano accompaniment is by Tom Moir McCourt.

Proposed Subway at Hilltown

The proposed subway at the foot of the Hilltown for pedestrians is to be discussed by the Works Committee on Monday.

A report by the city engineer states that a census of the pedestrian traffic using the crossing revealed that from twelve noon until ten o’clock at night 9605 persons crossed from Wellgate to Hilltown and 15,622 persons crossed from Hilltown to Wellgate.

A census of the vehicular traffic gave the average number of vehicles passing along Victoria Road at 200 per hour, exclusive of tramcars.

Owing to the lack of headroom it has been found necessary to have a flight of 10 steps from Wellgate into the subway. The number of steps at the Hilltown end is 30.

As there is an intricate network of gas, water, electricity and post office mains and cables at this point, the report states that it is difficult to give an accurate estimate. An approximate figure is £1500.

Kings, Dundee

(A Gaumont British Theatre)
Continuous daily from 1.30 p.m.
Monday 22nd February – all week
The Grandest Show You’ll Ever Know
Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Allan Jones
In the 1937 version of
“Show Boat” (u)

Three Days off School – Dundee Coronation Holiday

Dundee schoolchildren are to have three days’ holiday during Coronation Week.
Convener Mrs Lily Miller made this proposal at a meeting of the Education Committee and suggested that the days should be Wednesday May 12 (the actual Coronation date) and May 13 and 14.

Death of Old Dundee Football Star

The death has occurred of a well-known Dundee footballer of the Wanders F.C. days – Mr James McIntosh, 36, Wolseley Street. He was in his 72 year.

Mr McIntosh starred at left-back for the Wanderers for over 10 years. He first was in service with the team when the ground was in Mains Loan, and later the club shifted to what is now Tannadice Park. Club mates in the defence were Whitton (goal) and Ramsay (right-back).

Mr McIntosh served for a long time with G. & P. Barrie, Ltd., aerated water manufacturers, and was foreman for a good part of his service. He was predeceased by his wife several years ago, and is survived by a family.

Clearing Sale

124, Hilltown (Opposite Plaza)
Great reductions in bedroom and dining room suites, odd wardrobes, sideboards, bedsteads, tables &c.
Goods stored free.  Phone 6260.

New Signing at Tannadice?

Dundee United are interested in a Fife amateur player. He is Andrew Gay, the inside-right of Pittenween Rovers. This boy was strongly recommended to United, and it was hoped to include him in the team today. A letter was expected to arrive for the player before the team selection was made. As no word was received in time, the player had to be passed over. However it is hoped to include him in the team soon.

Young Dundee Boxer

The Tennant who figured on the Petersen-Neusel bill at Harringway Arena was not Fred of that ilk, but George, a younger brother of well-known Dundee boxer. George, who lost on points over four “threes” to Harry Silver, Aldgate, is only 16. He has had a job in London for some time, and is gradually making a name for himself in boxing.

Fred leaves Dundee for London today with prospects of renewed engagements at venues where he has made himself an established favourite.

Snow Cleaners “Get Time and a Half”

The unemployed men who were engaged to clear the city streets of snow at the week-end are to be paid time and a half.

The Lord Provost’s Committee agreed to this concession on the motion of Treasurer Kidd. He said it was hard, gruelling work, and some of the men did not have proper clothes and boots for it. The difference in cost would be about £100 - £370 as against £269.

Treasurer Kidd moved that they instruct the Public Assistance Committee not to take these earnings into account in assessing any of these men for relief.

On Mr. G.F.F. Caldwell challenging the competency of the motion, the town clerk (Mr David Latto) gave his opinion that the earning could not be ignored legally.

Subsequently it was agreed, on the motion of Treasurer Kidd, to instruct the town clerk to write to the Unemployment Assistance Board with a recommendation that these earning not be taken into account in assessing for relief.

Stair Linoleum

Special felt-backed stair linoleum.
Made by the new process.
Pliability of rubber.
Hard wearing linoleum surface.
1/8 per yard.
Beautiful designs.
Wilson’s Bonanza
127, Overgate – Dundee.