June 1986

A Place to Take Your Problem

MultisDrug-taking and the AIDS virus are two of the prime worries in modern living, especially among the young. But there is a place in Dundee which provides guidance.

The Wishart Drug Problems Centre is situated at 61, King Street and was opened in June 1985. The staff see a variety of people who recognise they have a problem, whether it is with illegal drugs, tranquillisers, solvents, pain killers or whatever.The emphasis is to encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions, and to recognise the need for change in attitudes and lifestyles. On offer is individual counselling to clients and families regarding drug misuse. Also available is advice for anyone worried about AIDS. Although general practitioners do refer patients to the centre, anyone can attend, or telephone between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

A variety of therapies can be adapted to individual requirements. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., within the centre, a group of relatives meet to air and share their difficulties.

In addition seven evenings a week, between 7 and 10 there is a ‘Drugline’ telephone service. This is manned by volunteers who have personal experience of drug problems within families, and who are able to listen and advise. The number is 25083.

On Sundays between 10 a.m. and noon there is an “AIDS Line” which is manned by professionals, whereby people can obtain advice and information.

“All enquiries” say the Wishart Centre “are treated in the strictest confidence”.

Lorne Street Market

Open again to the public
Attention Traders!
A few stalls still available
Trading Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and visit the best market around.
We have everything, including the kitchen sink!

All This Jazz – Next Week!

The Jazz Festival gets going in Dundee next week and fingers crossed for the good weather on June 17, for it begins with an open-air concert in the City Square. Local bands will be getting everyone in the mood for jazz between 12 noon and 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 18, the Jimmy Deuchar Sexet are appearing along with local groups Quad and the Penny Dainties.

Everyone gets a chance to join in the fun on Thursday after performances by the George McGowan Orchestra and the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra; there will be a late night jam session, so make your bid for stardom then!

Friday sees a tribute to Django Reinhardt, featuring Waso, the John Huband Quartet and local 3-guitar group Savannah Swing.

Sure to be popular is Saturday’s performance by the legendary bluesman Memphis Slim, born in 1915, Memphis, and working at the age of 15 he became a professional musician soon afterwards.

Mattie’s Music Maker

One of the features in the new “Here’s Tae Dundee” display at the McManus Galleries is a musical instrument which belonged to a noted character.

Martha Wallace, affectionately know as “Blind Mattie”, was one of our best-known street entertainers. She used to wander the city centre singing songs like “My Ain Folk” or “Hame o’ Mine” and accompanying herself on the melodeon.

In 1949 Mattie had the misfortune to break her melodeon, so her friends arranged to provide her with a replacement. She chose the Hohner Double-Ray and continued to play it until her death in 1962.

It was presented to the museum, where it was given space for many years. The recent refurbishment of the gallery meant the melodeon had to be taken off show – but not for long.

Blind Mattie’s new display is show in the company of those on other illustrious Dundonians, such as Mary Brooksbank, Mary Slessor and William McGonagall.

See Jeremy the Bear

Camperdown Wildlife Centre
City of Dundee District Council
Open Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m...
Admission to the centre is 45p.

Dogs’ Day

Dundee dog lovers have a treat in store on Saturday (June 7) when the city Canine Club hold their annual “big show” at Kingsway Ice Rink.

Secretary/Treasurer of the club Mrs Beatrice Abbott, of Bellfield Avenue, says that over 800 dogs will be in the competition for the 130 classes in this open show, which will attract breeders and owners from all over Scotland.

The event opens at 9.30 a.m. and goes on until 5 p.m.

Talk of the Town by Tom Kerr
Sailing on the Star

A broughty reader was surprised to see Tay cruise boat Coral Star at moorings in last Saturday’s golden sunshine.

Enquiries tell me that Sundays and Wednesdays are the scheduled times for the two-bridge trip on the river, though doubtless a continuation of good weather and further demand could well see the sailing increased.

Last year, of course, was a dead loss for river cruises when we endured a summer almost constant rain. In fine weather the Tay comes into an unbeatable class.

Thick Tomato Soup

3 lb (1.25kg) ripe tomatoes
1 teaspoon chopped basil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pint (568 ml) vegetable stock
Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon of sherry (optional)
Skin and de-seed the tomatoes. Gently simmer tomatoes with sugar and basil in the stock for 15 minutes. Cool.

Liquidise or run through a sieve. Add a little more liquid if soup is too thick. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add sherry and heat through, serve and garnish with parsley.

Rattray & Company

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Exclusive wedding jewellery and gifts
Rattray & Company (Jewellers) Ltd.
32, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4EU.
Established 1850.
Telephone 0382 27258.

Roll Up! Roll Up!

All the fun of the fair
Disco waltzers, super continental dodgems, large selection of slot machines and videos, radio-controlled models, kiddies rides, prize bingo.
Scotland’s Only Indoor Funfair.
At Gayfield, Arbroath.
Open daily from 2 p.m.
Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Bring the kids and make it a great day.