November 1958

Craigard River is Now a Road

Wellgate StepsTenants in new houses in the Craigard Road district of Camperdown are amazed at the difference in the state of their road and drying greens.Four weeks ago they started organising a petition, because the road was flooded to the depth of a foot at places, the back greens were also stretches of water and some of the houses had water under the floorboards.

Before they had collected many signatures, the “Journal” printed an article on the conditions there. Bailie W.K Fitzgerald raised the matter in Housing Committee a few days later and was promised action. They certainly got it. Squads of workmen concentrated on the road and it now has a good surface. Field drains are being put in under drying greens and the water has vanished there too. Workmen also got busy on the foundations of some of the houses and also on an unoccupied tenement at the foot of Craigard Road and there are no complaints about water under the floor boards now.

“They certainly got a move on” said a housewife. “And our houses are much cleaner now that the mud has gone”. The petition will not be presented now.

Granny's Treacle Scones

A favourite with us – Miss Philp, Glasgow.
Take 8oz self raising flour, good pinch of salt, half teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground ginger and mixed spice, a heaped tablespoon of castor sugar, one and a half oz butter or margarine, 1 tablespoon treacle, 1 tablespoon syrup, 2 small eggs and milk.

Sift flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice and sugar. Heat in pot margarine treacle and syrup, do not allow to boil. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture, leaving a little in the bowl to brush the top of scones. Add very little milk to make a stiff mixture. Roll out half an inch thick, cut with a scone cutter, put on a baking tin, brush the tops with egg and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.

Carmel Scones

The prize of a lovely pearl necklace is won by Mrs Fotheringham, Tibbermore, Perthshire. The family will enjoy these lovely scones fresh from the oven.

Take 8oz, 1 and half oz melted margarine, 1oz sugar, half a gill milk, 1 small egg, 1 teaspoonful cream of tartar and half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt.

For the caramel 2oz butter and 2oz moist brown sugar.

Sift together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, bicarbonate soda, sugar and mix well. Add the melted butter egg and milk to make a stiff dough and mix thoroughly. Turn on to a floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out half an inch thick and cut with a cutter.

Cram the brown sugar and butter together in basin. Put a big spot on the top of each scone and bake in a hot oven for 10 –15 minutes.

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Santa Claus is in Marryat Street

Mrs M. Anderson, 9 Marryat Street, doesn’t mind children peering in her living-room window – in fact she encourages it.

For the bairn’s in the district only come to see Santa. He’s famous..and lives in Mrs Anderson’s window. There he stands, every night, and gazes benignly our of the window at passers-by. One hand is raised in welcome and he smiles through his whiskers! It’s a novel idea to let the local kids know that Christmas is on the way (do I hear groans).

Yet it took only 45 minutes to make says Mrs Anderson. I made him for the first time last year and the children loved it. AN my own two, Violet and Avril have been so insistent these last few weeks that I’ve make him early this year.

Santa mainly consists of paper. His old trousers, jacket and wellington boots are stuffed with it. His whiskers are cotton wool and so is the ermine lining on his red (paper) jacket. All the bits and pieces are sown or tacked on to the trouser legs and the gloves to the sleeves. It’s a grand idea.

She’ll Play for £1000

Twenty year old Moyra McDowall, 11 Dudhope Street, has magic in her fingers, the kind that comes from inborn musical ability and hard practice on the piano. And she’s hoping that the combination will pay the tune of £1000.

For Moyra the pianist has battled her way through to the finals of a Butlin’s talent competition, to be decided on December 12. The prizes are £1000, £750, £500 and £250 and an automatic £50 to every finalist.

“It would be wonderful to win” she says “I’d  love to be a concert pianist and that amount of money would enable me to study full-time. At the moment I have one part of my L.R.A.M still to pass but I want to go much further than that”.

Moyra has being playing the piano since she was seven, her teacher is Dr Anthony Baldwin, Windsor Street, Dundee.

Bravery Will Be Honoured

Dundee Lord Provost’s Committee this week decided to recognise the bravery of Mr William W. McBain, 58 year old ships rigger, 94, Nethergate, in rescuing an elderly man from the Tay on November 3.

Throwing off only his jacket and glasses, Mr McBain swam 15 yards out into the icy waters at Riverside Drive to the help of Frederick Kinnear (73), 59 Logie Street, Lochee, who was floating unconscious face downwards.

It was left to Lord Provost William Hughes to decide what form the council’s recognition will take.

Dundee Repertory Theatre

For two weeks from 1st December
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Russell Thorndike and directed by Raymond Westwell.

The immortal characters of Fagan, Sikes and the rest come back to terrifying life.
Nightly at 7.30 and Sat’s 4.30.
Box Office:Phone Dundee 3530.