June 1979

Mone Guilty of Triple Murder

OvergateAt the High Court in Dundee on Monday, Robert Christopher Mone, was found guilty of murdering three women and sentenced to life imprisonment by Lord Robertson.

The Judge recommended he should serve a minimum period of 15 years.

Mone was also found guilty of other offences, but several of the original charges were dropped by the prosecution. He will probably serve his sentence in Barlinnie or Peterhead.

Mone's son, Robert, is also in prison. In 1967 he shot dead a teacher at St John's School, Dundee, and in 1976 he and another prisoner escaped from the state mental hospital at Carstairs, killing three persons in the process.

Bravery Award

Mandy Finnegan, Fountainbleau Drive, is to receive a Royal Humane Society Award in recognition of her bravery in rescuing a 6-year-old boy from drowning in the Dighty Burn last December. Mandy waded over 8 yards and pulled him to safety.

Figurehead for Frigate Unicorn

Prince Charles is coming to Dundee to unveil the new figurehead of the Frigate Unicorn. He will also perform the opening ceremony of a new wharf named after him.

Dundee Trial

The trial has been under way in the High Court in Dundee this week of Robert Christopher Mone (54). Among several other charges, he denies that, at New Year's time, he murdered three women, Miss Agnes Waugh (78), Miss Jane Simpson (70) and Mrs Catherine Millar (29). The murders are alleged to have occurred in Miss Simpson's flat. The jur heard prosecution evidence from Monday to Thursday. The trial continues today.

B.B. Band to Beat Retreat

The Dundee Battalion Boys' Brigade pipe band will be taking part in Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle tomorrow evening.

The band will be made up of 28 officers and boys from different companies, but the bulk of them will be from the 8th and 13th.

This is the first time that a pipe band representing Dundee has been asked to take part in Beating Retreat, which is a regular tourist attractions at the castle.

Bright Brass

Never scrub lacquered or varnished brass. Apply a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Leave on for five minutes. Wash with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.


While I browsed through an old book, I was amused to read this about my favourite tipple.

Bubbles rising to the top of a cup of tea are kisses if they come from sugar. In unsugared, these represent money.

To make sure of getting cash or kisses, skim the bubbles off with a spoon and sip them from it. Be sure the spoon doesn't touch the side of the cup, or there will be delays. Worse still, if the bubbles touch the side of the cup you won't get anything.

Away and put on the kettle, make a cuppa, and see what's in store for you.

Three Bands on One Night

It's happened again! For weeks there are very few live bands playing in Dundee and then, all of a sudden, you get three on the one night.

The Angus Hotel, as reported last week, has the Sleaz Band plus two discos.

At Bloomers, Shake, one of the bands to come out of The Rezillos' break-up are playing.

And at the College of Technology Union, in Marketgait, you have The Jags, the latest five-figure signing to Island Records.

Local band, Top Secret, are also appearing at this last gig.

What's On

Victoria - Watership Down
Odeon - Capricorn One / Midnight Express

The Rep - You're a good man Charlie Brown
Whitehall - Robert Halpern, Master Hypnotist / Hector Nicol & Co.

Dundee Highland Games

Sunday 1st July, 1 pm, Caird Park Stadium
featuring European heavyweight championship, British tug o' war championship, novice tug o' war, junior solo piping, plus pipe bands, exhibitions, Highland dancing, fun fair, stalls, professional athletics and professional cycling.

Make this a day not to miss! Grand massed pipe band salute, 5 pm. Admission - adults £1, children & OAPs 50 pence.