June 1961

Dick Gets Gold

City Square 1953Dick McTaggart, Dundee, received the gold medal for defeating Petar Benedek, of Yugoslavia in the light-weight final of the European amateur boxing championships in Belgrade on Saturday night.

High School Term Dates

Dundee High School directors yesterday fixed the term dates for 1961-62. The school will resume after the summer holidays on Tuesday, August 29.

Christmas holidays will start on Friday, December 22. The winter term is from January 6 to March 30, and the summer term from April 16th to June 29th.

Last Day of Exhibition

To day is the last day of the Commonwealth Technical Training Week exhibition in the Caird Hall, Dundee. Mr J.D. Collins, director of Education, said last night there had been about 10,000 visitors to the exhibition. They included school-leavers from the city’s schools.

More than 1000 visitors have seen the exhibition of apprentice work and training held by Jute Industries Ltd., at Camperdown Works.

This exhibition will be open for the last time from 10am until noon today.

Dundee Woman 50 years as a Nun

Solemn High Mass to mark the golden jubilee of a Dundee woman as a nun will be held at the convent chapel of Little Sisters of the Poor, Greenock tomorrow night. Sister Beatrice, formerly Katherine Smith is 78.

The service, to be conducted by the Right Rev. James Black, Bishop of Paisley, will be attended by representatives from convents in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Sister Beatrice is the elder sister of Mr Michael Smith, 3, Forres Avenue, Kirkton. “I was only 18 months old when she went away” said Mr Smith “and I’m 54 now”.

Mr Smith, his sister, Mrs Mary Clink and two cousins will travel to Greenock tomorrow for the service.

Sister Beatrice worked for 25 years at a convent in the South of France. Since returning to this country, she has been at Birkenhead, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Sunday Dancing in Dundee

Three Dundee dance halls are to open for Sunday dancing. They are the J.M. Ballroom and the Palais de Danse (public dancing) and the West End Palais (dance club and tuition).

This was decided last night by 9 votes to 2 by Dundee Police Committee, who adopted the recommendation of a sub-committee that the three licence-holders who had applied should be permitted to open their premises for Sunday dancing not earlier than 6 p.m. and to close not later than 10 p.m. during the pleasure of the committee. The position will be reviewed from time to time.

The Town Clerk had told the sub-committee that he had inquired of the various ballroom proprietors whether they were interested in promoting public dancing on Sundays. While three had indicated they would open their premises, the others intimated that, at present, they had no intention of doing so.

The Sunday dancing move was opposed by Mr Alex MacKenzie, who said he had consistently opposed in the past other forms of Sunday entertainment.

More Flights from Condor

Following an agreement between Dan-Air and B.K.S Airlines there will be in the near future additional service to and from Dundee’s airport at H.M.S. Condor.

On Monday and Friday afternoons, a Dan-Air plane will go to Newcastle where passengers will then board at B.K.S. plane for London.

On Monday and Friday mornings a similar service will operate from Gatwick to Condor. There will be no additional cost.

Jazz in the Park

There will be a special treat for regular visitors to the shows in Dundee’s Baxter Park. The parks department has given permission for jazz to be played in the park on July 11 and 12.

“I was persuaded it wouldn’t attract the rowdier elements” said Mr Alexander S. Dow, park superintendent.

Appearing in the shows will be Andy Lothian and his East Coast Jazzmen.

Broughty Ferry will also have a jazz show on July 16. Mr Dow has made it clear the jazzmen are on probation. If the shows are a success they will become an annual event.

Hospital Name Change Likely

A well-known Dundee hospital may change its name for the second time in just over a year. It was just over a year ago that Westgreen Hospital and Gowrie House became known as Dundee Royal Mental Hospital. Its new title may be Dundee Royal Hospital, Liff.

This is disclosed in a minute of the board of management’s general purpose committee. There will probably be a directive to the board when the new Mental Health Act comes fully into force to omit the word “mental” from the hospital’s name.