May 1986

Close Watch on the Travelling People

The presence of a camp of travelling people at a prestigious Dundee waterfront site was being closely monitored by police last night as more caravans arrived.

Seven caravans "pitched camp" at the prominent S.D.A site between Craig Harbour and Dundee Railway station, on Riverside Drive on Wednesday evening.The Scottish Development Agency drew police attention to the matter yesterday when they complained about alleged damage to a padlock at the scene and asked that the travelling folk by removed.

The area, earmarked for a multi-million pound development, has been visited by police and, as a further three caravans arrived last night - bringing the total to 10- police said inquiries would continue, and the city centre site would be kept under survey.

Stompers do it in Style

The latest session of the Tay Jazz Club got off to an earth-shattering start at their Tay Hotel venue last night with an appearance by the Tay Valley Stompers, let out of captivity for the evening.

In typical T.V.S. style they started off with "Struttin' With Some Barbeque" which showed trombonist George Kidd in excellent form.

The piano may not have been a Steinway, but solicitor and pianist Campbell Normand played it as Paderewski never die.

As is usual with the T.V.S. no one knew from number to number what they were going to do next - and no one cared, especially the audience, some of whom were actually moved to get up on the dance floor.

Their rendition of "Wolverine Blues" had the entire place jumping- Jelly Roll Morton would have been proud of the band's rendition, especially with the added clarinet of guest Jimmy Thomson joining Gordon Easson. The whole number was held together by nimble fingers of bassist Ricky Steele, plus the tight rein being kept on them by drummer Billy Colburn.

The band ran the gamut of Dixieland and Blues tunes with occasional spots by trumpeter "I'm not the leader, I'm just the oldest" Dave Fimister doubling on flugel horn.

Labour Hold Caird Ward

Labour held onto the Caird ward in the Dundee District Council by-election caused by the resignation of Councillor James Martin.

The new councillor is Mrs Bernadette Barclay, 1, Eden Street, who had an almost unchanged majority. She is a 27-year-honours graduate in psychology, who works with the A.U.E.W. Her husband Bill is a social worker. Mrs Barclay is a cousin of District Councillor Frank Christie.
Bernadette Barclay (Lab) 1057
James Dunbar (S.N.P.) 671
Donald Hay (Con) 84
Spoilt papers, 25, percentage poll, 55.6, majority 386. No change.

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Better Bar for Travellers

A new £70,000 bar opened at Dundee Railway Station yesterday. The Tay Bar, latest in the Travellers' Fare upmarket developments in Scottish stations, replaces the old Clipper Bar, which will now be turned into B.R. offices.

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Raffles Win Egon Ronay Award

Raffles Restaurant, Perth Road, Dundee, has been awarded the good tea symbol - a teapot- in Egon Ronay's 1985 Just a Bite Guide. The guide with this year recommends 945 establishments for gourmets on a family budget, only gives the good teas symbol to 350 of them.

"Today three star quality teas - the same as most people drink at home- dominate the market," says Egon Ronay "but caterers up and down the country continue to use not enough of it or simply do not take enough care when making it".

Tea accounts for almost half of everything we drink, four cups each per day on average - and caterers serve 10 billion cups every year.

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