January 1934

Dundee Cinema's Crowded Out

Majestic CinemaDundee cinema's and theatre's did a "roaring trade" during the first few day of the New Year. Tuesday in particular was an exceptionally busy day, long queues waiting outside the bigger picture houses. It is estimated that about 50,000 Dundonian "did a show".

Managers and attendants were dept working at top pressure in an endeavour to make room for everyone.

Next to cinema's and theatre's, football was the most popular entertainment. There was no senior match in the city, and 6700 spectators turned out to the junior cup tie at Tannadice.

Golf courses were and billiard rooms were also well patronised.

In their search for diversions the holidaymakers left no stone unturned. Even the Old Steeple had its quota of visitors. There were 18 yesterday, making a total of 34 since the year's advent. Incidentally the old tower was first footed by two women visitors.

Some of the women folks found their amusement in a keen and penetrating view of the shop windows, made all the more interesting by the approach of the January sales.

Well Worth a Visit

The manner in which Dundonians turned out in response to the Council's invitation to view the new City Chambers on Wednesday suggests that further opportunities might be given of seeing these handsome premises. At the two public inspections which have already been make something like 25,000 people were present. Still there must be many more who would like to have the opportunity of seeing the Chambers. The Council hall alone is well worth a visit.

City Mourns Sir William High - Death of Dundee's Most Prominent Citizen

In the midst of joy there is sorrow.

How aptly does this describe the position in Dundee at this festive season. While the citizens were still celebrating the dawn of a New Year their gladness turned to sadness by the intimation of the death of Sir William High, an ex-Lord Provost of the city.

Sir William was undoubtedly the most outstanding personality in the city. A self-made man, he was beloved by all who knew him, and his death was mourned by all classes of the community. The esteem in which he was held by his fellow-citizens was demonstrated in no uncertain fashion on Thursday afternoon, when his remains were conveyed to their last resting-place. All public bodies were represented at the service in St David's Church. Indeed, it is many a day since so many of our prominent citizens were gathered together to pay homage to one whom they all admired.

The street along which the cortege passed were lined by thousand of spectators, who desired to pay their tribute to one who had given noble service to his native city.

The Death of Mr D.M. Brown

Dundee has lost another revered son by the death of Mr D.M. Brown, one of the city's most outstanding business men. But although his name was a household name in the city and far beyond its bounds, the citizens will cherish his memory first of all for his great kindness of heart - a sympathy which took practical form and which was accomplished in a quiet, unobtrusive manner.

Mr Brown who was 70 years of age, had been laid aside since September. Throughout the months his strength gradually weakened, and he died at his residence, Tortala, Scotswood Terrace on Thursday.

He himself realised that the end was approaching, and within the past fortnight he wrote letters of farewell to those with whom he has been associated in his many activities.

His death removes a citizen of whom Dundee is justly proud, for in many and diverse ways he has proved a noble son. His life has been a worthy example of one who had the welfare of his less fortunate fellowmen at heart.

True it is that a number of his more outstanding gifts to charitable institutions in the city were greatly know, but he performed many kindly acts towards his fellow citizens which never came to light. Indeed, many of those whom he helped were not aware of the identity of the benefactor.

He was one of those true Christians who did not let his left know what his right hand was doing. His success in the commercial world was attained by untiring energy and clear-sighted vision in the business in which he engaged. Above all, he was actuated by honesty of purpose and fair dealing.

Observatory Will Soon Be Open

No definite date has yet been fixed for the official opening of the Mills Observatory, Dundee but the ceremony is likely to take place in the fairly near future. The building will be in charge of a curator, and the possibility of charging visitors a nominal fee is being considered. The observatory will be an attraction in the day-time as well as at night, for the equipment, in addition to the celestial telescopes, includes terrestrial telescopes which will enable visitors to enjoy the splendid views obtainable from Balgay Hill.

Famous Train Visits City

The Royal Scot, a masterpiece of modern engineering art, will be on view at the West Station today. This famous train, the proud possession of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, has just returned from a triumphant tour of Canada and the United States, and now the inhabitants of the country from which it got its name are to have the opportunity of admiring it.

Visitors will be able to inspect the train at No. 3 platform. The engine itself is worthy of a separate study. Railway employees now it as No. 6100 Royal Scot, precursor of the 70 engine of this type which are used for express duties on the L.M.S.

During its American tour the Royal Scot visited 80 cities and towns, travelled 11,194 miles and was seen in detail by 3,021,601 persons.


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