November 1959

Pigeons Upset the Old Steeple Clock

Dundee's Old Steeple clock needs an extensive overhaul. Much of the trouble has Cox's Stackbeen caused by pigeons.

This week the Works Committee had a recommendation from Mr Robert Brown, who looks after public clocks, that the windows giving access to the mechanism be cover with wire netting to keep them out. The convener, Mr Tom Moore, said that since the clock had stopped striking people were complaining in letters that they could not sleep without the chimes, and others that they were sleeping in because of their absence.

It was agreed to make any temporary repairs required to keep the clock going, but to defer a major overhaul until the projected renovation of the Old Steeple is carried out.

A Mystery Virus

Doctors are keeping an eye on a mystery virus infection which is going about Dundee just now. In some patients the illness has an effect like gastric flu. Patients have to stay in bed for a day or two, and feel groggy for long after that.

Other people feel "hollow headed" and faint with it. They have pain behind the eyes and can't stand light. "The symptoms apparently vary with the individual," days Dr Ian B.L. Weir, Dundee's medical officer of health. "We don't know the cause, though the weather may have something to do with it. There is no significant rise in the number of first certificates handed in, but there are quite a number of cases scattered throughout the city".

Just a Reminder from Santa

Now is the time to shop at
J.G. Taylor's
For toys, annuals, games, cards, calendars, etc.
23 High Street, Monifieth
Phone 495.

The Dearest Bike in Town

Mr Ben Cuthbert has a bike in his shop window at 155 Hawkhill which has been attracting a lot of attention. It's the only one of its kind in Scotland - a £60 Super Route Special designed by former cycling champion Ernie Clements, now managing director of the Falcon firm. He claims it has….
"everything for the road racing man - fully equipped for competition"

"And so it has" Ben Cuthbert says "It's a lovely hob, with just about every refinement you could think of - split second wheel change, ten-speed gear, tubeless tyres…the lot and I'll sell it all right. Already two students and two club men are interested".


A special night for over 20's
To enjoy orthodox dancing in a happy atmosphere to a perfect dance band.
Andy Lothian and his Band
No jiving and no teenagers.
Admission 8-11 5/-.
Palais, 31, South Tay St.

Cream of Mushroom and Bacon Pie

This pie is simply delicious and never fails to win compliments - Mrs Ina Whitehead
Take HALF lb packet of ready-prepared pastry, I large can of creamed mushroom soup, I teacupful of milk, 3 eggs, 8oz bacon, seasoning, potatoes, and a little chopped onion.

Well grease a square of oblong time. Cover the bottom and sides with half of the pastry mixture. Tip the soup into a saucepan, add milk and warm gently and no more. Add the well beaten eggs plus and pinch of salt and pepper. Remove the bacon rind and chop into smallish pieces and fry gently, add to the soup mixture and pour into the pasty lined tin. Cover pie with the remaining pastry and brush top of pie with milk. Bake in a low oven until the filling is set.

Meanwhile allow 1 potato per person, peel and cube, now mix with the chopped onion. Fry in the bacon fat until golden and tender. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with the pie.

Stars of "The Fol-de-Rols"

At the Gaumont on Monday, its curtain up on "The Fol-de-Rols", the famous song and laugh show from the St Martin's Theatre in London.

The show, paying its first visit to Dundee, will be on for two weeks with a complete change of programme on the second week.

Leslie Crowther, Kathleen West, Denny Willis and Peter Felgate are the chief mirthmakers. Leading the song parade is Joan Mann. They are supported by the full West End Company.

Here's what some of the critics have been saying about the show:-
"It has 'em rolling in the aisles"
"A show that is full of ideas"
"If only the 'telly' were a quarter as good"

Corporation of Dundee Health and Welfare Department

Protection against polio
To all young adults
By special request an extra session of the City Square Clinic, in the City Collector's Office, has been arranged for Saturday afternoon between 2.30pm and 4.3-pm.
Don't miss this chance!
Ian B.L. Weir
Medical Officer of Health.