June 1953

Petrol Lorry Crashes

Reform StreetA stretch of the Dundee-Perth road was patrolled by firemen and police on Thursday.On each side of the patrol were black boards, borrowed from nearby Glendoick School, bearing the chalked warning "keep moving" and "no smoking".

A 3600 gallon petrol tanker had capsized in a field just past the schoolhouse.

The driver, George Simpson, Mains Drive had a miraculous escape coming from Perth it is understood he drew close into his own side to allow a lorry coming the opposite way to pass. The tanker toppled over the grass verge and landed on its side about 12 yards inside the field.

Simpson managed to crawl out uninjured. He was motored to Perth Infirmary, where he was treated for shock.

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Bowling Competition

Angus Bowling Association play City of Dundee Bowling Association for the Dundee-Angus Trophy on Canmore Green at 3 pm today.

Student Nurses

Male and female required for Stratheden Hospital, Cupar, Fife; aged 18-35 years; males should have completed their National Service; 48 hour week; good off-duty; four week annual leave. Application to Matron, in writing for further particulars.


Between April 11th and May 11th 1953, 165 houses were completed in Dundee. The corporation built 122, the Scottish Special Housing Association 40 and private enterprise 3.

Coronation Cold

A correspondent writes; It won't be surprising if many Dundonians are now nursing a "Coronation Cold". Crowds waited in a biting wind for nearly an hour before they could get on a bus to the City Centre after watching the bonfire on Riverside.

"The most had at least another half hour's wait for the regular service. No one blamed the busmen, who were coping with an out-sized problem. But why wasn't Magdalen Green station brought into action?

Even one special train would have eased the situation and left duplicate buses free to help the regular routes.

A Great Day by McGonagall

It was a great day in Dundee when they celebrated the Coronation
Lots of bunting hung round the west and the Tay Bridge Station

Not forgetting the East Station, which was decorated too
Until it looked like Balgay Park with its plants all red, white and blue

All Reform Street was conspicuous with windows from which banner hung oot
And the Parks Department Convener was proud of the flowers at the Albert Institute
Which was second only in its horticultural pulchritude
To the arch and gardens which in the City Square proudly stood

The weather was really very bad and not promising according to the barometer
A thing which was made up for only by the pretty picture on the Dock Street gasometer
But everyone had parties or went to see the television
It was like as if the Dark Blues had won the cup, also the league flag for A division.

Manager Appointed

Reuben Bennett has been appointed manager of Ayr United. The former Dundee goalkeeper should fit in nicely. He has had experience on the field, is a P.T. Instructor and Coach, while he has put in some useful spotting of players. I wish him every success.

What's On Tonight - Cinema

"Elizabeth is Queen" is showing at La Scala and Playhouse next week. A full length film in Warner colour, it shows all facets in the Coronation. Commentary is by Leo Genn.