July 1980

All Mod Cons in New Police Station

StreetsceneIf you live in the west end of Dundee, the chances are you'll not yet have taken advantage of the latest amenity in the district. There again, when you consider the new amenity is a police sub-station, you'll be glad you haven't had an occasion to use it!The newly-built Ryehill station is situated on Perth Road, just opposite Step Row. This sub-station replaces four of the old police boxes in the area - at Hilltown, Blackness Road, Perth Road and the Sinderins. These boxes won't go to waste though. One is to be given to the city museum and another is to be taken to Clatto Park to house some sailing equipment. The sub-station itself has the usual offices for dealing with inquiries from the public and has plenty room for the staff too.

19th Century Human Remains

Two men doing sewer installation work in Peep O' Day Lane, Dundee, unearthed 19th century human remains. The bones, chipped, fragmented and yellow, were found 15 feet down. Dr Donald Rushton, Department of Forensic Medicine at Dundee University, said they are between 100 and 150 years old.

New Camera at Timex

The production of the revolutionary Nimslo 3-D camera should start at Timex's Dundee plants next Spring, hopefully alleviating the worries of the firm's 4,700 workers who are fearing redundancies.

Disco Dancing Trophy

On Sunday evening, a disco dancing championship took place in the ballroom of the Invercarse Hotel. Winner of the Wayne Reid Disco Dancing Trophy was 20-year-old Derek Durno, Foggyley Gardens. Runner-up was Mandy Boyd, Haddington Crescent and third Steve Raman, Salton Crescent. By the way, Steve's one of the finalists in Tiffany's Sunshine Dance Festival so he's in with a chance of winning a two-week holiday in Majorca if he's on top form next Tuesday night.

Fantastic Figures

Dundee's swimming and leisure centre celebrated its sixth birthday this week with the news it has had 4,287,818 customers. That's how many swimmers, bathers, visitors and keep-fit devotees have crossed the threshold since the centre opened on July 15th, 1974. A "swim boom" is largely responsible, a total of 3,206,250 having taken the plunge in the last six years.

Cold Frame

Don't throw away an old umbrella. Strip off the material and cover the frame with polythene. Cut down the handle and you have a cold frame for a seed-bed or young plants.

Baltic Cruise

The cruise ship Uganda docked at Dundee on Tuesday after its 12-day Baltic cruise with 1,000 pupils and teachers from Tayside.

Dundee Summer Holiday Programme 1980
W. Alexander & Sons Ltd., The Bus Station, Seagate
Week One
Monday - Loch Lomond and Helensburgh, £3.20
Tuesday - Oban, Falls of Lorne, Lochawe and Loch Tay, £3.65
Wednesday - Glasgow return, £3.00
Thursday - Crail, Elie and Leven, £1.50
Friday - Devil's Elbow, Braemar and Crathie Church, £2.50
Saturday - Glen Devon & Rumbling Bridge, Gleneagles, £2.50
Week Two
Monday - Crieff and Sma' Glen, £2.20
Tuesday - Aberdeen circular tour, £2.70
Wednesday - Edinburgh circular tour, £2.70
Thursday - Falls of Bruar, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, £2.50
Friday - Leven and Kirkcaldy, £2.50
Saturday - Glenisla, Glenshee and Kirkmichael, £2.50

Dundee Highland Games

Caird Park Stadium
Total prize money £3,000
Official opening at 1 pm by the pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion Black Watch with highland dancers.
Featuring:- free fall parachute display by the world famous Golden Lions Team; European heavyweight championship; British tug-o-war championship; novice tug-o-war plus pipe bands, side exhibitions, highland dancing, fun fair stalls, professional athletics and professional cycling.

What's On - Cinema

Odeon - Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back / Black Angel
Vic - Blazing Saddles / Monty Python and the Holy Grail
ABC - Exorcist I & II