November 1961

Boom Week at Manhattan

Angus HotelManhattan Jute Works was a very busy place this week, following a record order received by Jute Industries Ltd.

Under a five-year agreement the West of England Sack Holdings Ltd., Bristol, has agreed to purchase Jute Industries’ output of tubular-woven heavy-grain sack for the sack hire trade. The order involves a minimum of 7,000,000 sacks, is worth about £1, 500,000 and means immediate work for 375 people.As all the sacks will be woven on the circular looms in Manhattan Works, the factory needed about 75 new employees to help out their regular staff. Between two and three hundred people applied for the jobs, and there were queues for interviews all week. And it meant jobs for experienced workers at present unemployed. Others who were new to the trade were also taken on. Say the personnel manager, “Our training facilities are now choc-a-block and there is a waiting list.

The Wee Poland in Tay Street

Every Saturday morning about 40 children meet in the Tay Street School. They’re given instruction in the Polish language, history and geography and taught the traditional songs and dances.

The children belong to the 500-strong Polish community in the city. The cost is borne by the Polish Combatants’ Association and the Polish Education Association.

The teaching is done by Poles now resident in the city. Mrs Staszynski, Mr A. Miklinski and Mr Chnielewski take the language, history and geography classes. Mr Bendlin and Mr Trzesniak teach singing and the dancing lessons are given by Mr Staszynski.

“The children speak better English than their parents and these lessons help the communications between them” said Mr Chnielewski. “None of us did any teaching before, and the lessons are very informal.”

The children range from pre-school to about 14 and most welcome the chance to return to school on Saturday mornings. Over 150 children have passed through these classes.

“With the very young, I get them to repeat identifiable things like ears, nose and eyes” says Mr Chnielewski “After a year they have quite a good Polish vocabulary”

Most of the children’s Polish parents came to this country during the war. But a few have chosen the life of freedom since then. Mr Stasynski was one who came to this country with the Polish army. His wife could not escape and had to remain behind. After years of correspondence and pleas for visas, Mrs Stasynski was finally allowed to join her husband in Dundee two years ago. Now she helps to teach the customs of the country she so recently left to a new generation who are proud of their Polish ancestry.

Palace Theatre

Nethergate, Dundee
Twice Nightly 6.25, 8.30.
Comm. Monday, Nov, 27, 1961.
For Two Weeks Only
Bridie Gallagher
The Bridie Gallagher Show
With full supporting cast including Cecil Sheridan, Kenny Thomson, Joy Brennan, Pat McGuigan, Mickser Reid, Tommy Moran, Cecil Nash, Irish Dancers, Moson Ladies.

Box office open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Phone 23961-2.

Dundee Ice Rink

National Snow Queen Competition
Sponsored by
Blue Cars Continental Coach Cruises, Ltd., London.
Local Heat at this Ice Rink
On Saturday evening
November 25, 1961.
Full particulars and entry forms at the Ice Rink Office
Kingsway West, Dundee.
Tel. No. 85222/3.

ABC Capitol, Dundee

Mon., Nov, 13 – for six days
Door open at 1.10
Audrey Hepburn
George Peppard
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (A)

Bright Tips

Wet Umbrellas – Place a sponge in the bottom of your umbrella stand. This absorbs all the water for dripping umbrellas. Mrs Slater, Portknockie.

No Tears – When peeling onions cut from the top and leave the last slice attached to the root. It is the substance in the root that causes the weeping. Mrs White, Perth.

Santa Is On His Way!

With Bicycles, Toys, Tricycles….
33, Victoria Road, Dundee.

Forfar Star Joins United

Manager Jerry Kerr yesterday secured the transfer of Eric Brodie, the Forfar Athletic inside-forward. Brodie, a Perthshire boy, played for Blairgowrie and has been outstanding for Forfar.

He has just completed his apprenticeship and becomes a full-time player for United. Jerry Kerr and the player travelled to Glasgow yesterday afternoon, and Brodie will accompany United to Airdrie today. As he has an ankle injury it is not certain that he will make his debut. A skilful and strong player Eric should fit in at Tannadice.

Cinderella in Nicoll Street

This year’s pantomime at the Rep will be “Cinderella” opening on Friday, December, 22. Campbell Godley, an experienced Scots actor, will play Buttons. He has had much panto experience, and for some years was the “feed” to Jack Milroy.

Booster for the Law

Following their success in getting the B.B.C. to set up a booster station in Dundee (on the Law) the committee for improved television reception is making a second attempt to get the Independent Television Authority to follow suit.

Committee Chairman Mr Ian Urquhart said they are to see Mr John Strachey, M.P. today to enlist his services and those of Mr George Thomson, M.P., in presenting their case.