January 1959

Biggest Day at Dens for Years

Crescent StreetNext Saturday should see the best attendance in years at Dens Park. And it could tell us just how serious Dundee's league challenge is. Rangers, now in Hearts' place at the top are the visitors. Can the dark blues follow Partick Thistle's example and down the Ibrox men? Its quite on the cards.Let's hope that nothing will happen today to upset the show. Dundee are at Kilmarnock while Rangers are at home to Airdrie. A win for Dundee and Airdrie taking at least one point from Ibrox would make it a first class set up next week.

Rise for Jute Workers

About 15, 000 jute workers in Dundee and district will get more pay from January 30. It has been agreed that the rise of 4% on minimum rates, granted by the Jute Wages Council on October 31 will come into operation on January 19. The first effective pay date will be January 30.

The new minimum rates are:- £7 4s 10d (an increase of 5s 7d) for men, and £4 19s 6d (increase of 3s 10d) for women. Relatively few workers are on minimum rates, but the increase will apply all round.

The rise will cost the industry £250,000 a year, bringing the wages bill to about 6½ million.

Repertory Theatre

Panto Time
Ali Baba
Full company artistes
Special after school matinees
Tues, Wed, Thurs at 4.30pm.
Nightly at 7.30pm
Saturday 4.30 and 7.30pm.
Box Office phone Dundee 3530.

Special Service in St Andrew's Church

Two local burns clubs will commemorate the bi-centenary of the birth of the National Bard by attending a service in St Andrew's Church on Sunday morning.

They have chosen the church because it is the one nearest to the place where Burns lodged in Dundee. He stayed in Bain Square, and probably admired the bonny new church, which was built in 1772.

The Dundee Burns Society asked for the service, and they have invited members of the Lochee Burns Club. The Rev T.R.S. Campbell was a guest at the Lochee Burns supper last night.

Mr Douglas Small president of the Dundee society, will read one of the lessons. After the service members of the society will go along to Albert Square, and Mr William Burness will lay a wreath at the statue. Mr Burness is a descendant of the poet.

The Lochee club are to lay their wreath tonight at midnight.

New Overgate - Plans for the First Phase Ready

Plans are ready for the first phase of the Overgate redevelopment scheme in central Dundee. Both sides of the Overgate to the west of Lindsay Street are involved.

This was reported on Monday night to the Corporation Town Planning Committee by Mr Gordon S. Watson, Senior Town Clerk depute.

He said the developers (Healey and Baker, London) were anxious to start work at the earliest possible moment.

It would be necessary to vacate the properties of A. & R. Lamb, sports outfitters and stationers; WM. Low & Co Ltd., grocers; and Charles Brand (Dundee) Ltd. It was agreed to give notice to these firms that leases will end at Whitsun, and continue after that on a week to week basis.

Military Display in June

A Military display is to be staged at Riverside Park, Dundee from June 9 to 15. The Parks Committee this week granted an application from the army recruiting officer, Dundee, on behalf of the Regular Army Authorities, for the use of ground approximately equivalent to four football pitches for a display.

It was stated that the Dundee and Angus Territorial and Auxiliary Forces' Association would take part, and the staff band of the Royal Regiment of Artillery would attend.

To Remain in the Dark!

Dundee's principal clock - on the Old Steeple - should be illuminated, says Bailie W.K. Fitzgerald. He told the works committee this week that while the City Chruches and the Steeple were bright and attractive by day, they became dark and gloomy at night. He did not think the clock was giving a full service by being "lost" in the dark.

Smaller places such as Newburgh and Forfar were able to have their public clocks illuminated. Lord Provost William Hughes said the matter had been fully investigated in 1952, when a firm of experts recommended the corporation  against illuminating the Old Steeple, as the clock was unsuitable for lighting. No action was taken.

Dundee's Most Eligible Bachelor?

Along with the management of the Capitol Cinema, we ask you -
Who is Dundee's most eligible bachelor?
Find out at next Friday's dance.
Usual times and prices for all next week's dances.
So make it a date for
The J.M. Ballroom, North Tay Street, Dundee.