March 1984

McAlpine the Hero

Blackness LibraryCan Dundee United follow in the footsteps of Hibs, Rangers, Dundee and Celtic, become the fifth Scottish club to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup?

If they do, a special medal must go to Hamish McAlpine. The 34-year old keeper, who made his Euro debut away back in 1970, defied Rapid Vienna in midweek.United may have been beaten 2-1, but it could have been worse if McAlpine had not been so alert in the early stages when Rapid were at their best.

After the game, boss Jim McLean lavishly praised a man who joined United 18 years ago. "That was the best every performance by Hamish"

Mr McLean was pleased with the result, but not with the performance. He felt his team played the wrong game after they opened the scoring. However, most clubs are happy to get a goal away form home in a European tie and that opener by Derek Stark could be valuable when the return leg is played at Tannadice on March 21.

Though the loss of two late goals may have left United disappointed, they can still consider themselves in the driving seat, of this quarter-final tie.

Rapid were a let-down but it would be a mistake to say that they had no chance. A side that has won the Austrian league title 27 times deserves respect and with the legendary Kranki and Panenka in their colours they could still be troublesome in the second leg.

But is United repeat the form they showed against Celtic they can reach the semi-finals.

Tayside Saver Club

A shopping discount scheme for regular travellers has been launched by Tayside Regional Council public transport department.

From yesterday (Thursday) holders of Tayride and Taycoaster season tickets have automatic membership of the Tayride Saver Club. They enjoy discount rates at a wide range of shops and businesses, including jewellers, printers, car and van hirers, restaurants and fashion and china shops. The Club says the transport department, will help people using convenient, economical season tickets to save even more.

Monifieth Library

The new branch library in Monifieth will open to the public o March 28. This was announced by Mr Bill Roberts, convener, to Dundee District Cultural Services Committee this week.

Dundee Takes the Biscuit

Coming onto shelves of Scottish stores now is the "Chocolate Dundee" - a large shortcake-type, rich biscuit coated with chocolate on one side. Another version has a crispy mint flavour.

Yet despite the name, the goodie has no Dundee connection. "Unless it was 'way back in the dim and distant past," considered marketing manager John Kenny of the manufacturers.

Indeed, the biscuit is made in Uttoxeter, Staffs, by the Adams Food Company and was included in a take-over deal of a Northwich, Cheshire, bakery called Broadhurst, some 12 years ago.

"I don't know where the name came from, or if there are any Scottish associations" said Mr Kenny. "There isn't any particular Scottish style or motif about the packaging either."

Even so, the taste - like the name - is catching on fast. Last year's sales registered three-quarters of a million pounds.

A well as newly appearing in Scottish shops, the biscuit is now proving a favourite with the Dutch. In Holland, however, it is not known as "Chocolate Dundee".

"Actually we're quite cosmopolitan" joked Mr Kenny. "In addition to the Dundee biscuit, our bakeries produce Chorley Cakes and Liverpool Bun Loaf. They also export Swiss Rolls to the Middle East.

And for the record (which might explain all) the owners of Adams Foods are mainly the Irish Dairy Board!


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Two More Years At The Castle

External work on Broughty Castle undertaken by the Scottish Development Department will continue for a further two years. The castle's roof has been completely replaced as well as the concrete "shell" which covers the masonry. For some time, the castle's walls have been deteriorating because of water seeping between the concrete and masonry. To prevent further damage the walls also had to be treated and repainted on the inside.

The S.D.D.'s own labour force from the ancient monuments department has carried out the work, apart from some minor jobs done by three other contractors.

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Crush the biscuits, melt the margarine, add chocolate and milk, stir well. Wet hands, cover the marshmallows with the mixture and roll in coconut.

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Dundee Rate Unchanged

Dundee District rate is to remain unchanged at 43p. A move by the Tory opposition to cut the rate by 7p was defeated at this week's budget meeting. Dundee ratepayers will not pay a total of 145p in the £.

Tayside Regional Council rate was increased by 3p to 93p last week and the water rate remained unchanged at 9p.

Voting in both finance committee and district council was 25-17 and the surprise was that Mr Ian Mortimer, the Monifieth Independent, voted for the higher rate.