November 1978

Big Rush for Panto Seats

MurraygateWhen priority booking took place for Dundee Dramatic Society's Christmas Panto "The Sleeping Beauty" all eleven performances were sold out in two hours.

With 2,000 seats taken, this means there will be no public booking available for the show.Dundee Dramatic Society Chairman, Mr Sandy Smith said "Its unfortunate that the general public won't get a chance to see the panto and the matter will be discussed at our next meeting when the possibility of trying to extend the number of performances in future years maybe investigated.

The Panto, which runs in the Little Theatre from December 6-16th, is produced by Dougie Cunningham, who also plays The Dame.

Primary School Set Up

There is to be no change in the set up of primary schools in the west end of Dundee meantime. Mrs Elizabeth Carnegy, Convener, told Tayside Education committee that parents would not accept any of the options the committee had proposed. So children will continue using each of the four schools, Blackness, Hawkhill, Park Place and St. Joseph's.

Changes in Child Benefit

From Monday (November 13) many families will be slightly better off.  This is because of the changes in Child Benefit. It is to be increased by 70 pence from £2.30 to £3. In addition an extra £2 will be payable for the first child in a one-parent family.

Families with a low income may also be entitled to Family Income Supplement. From Tuesday the level of earnings upon which this is based is to be increased.

If you feel that you maybe entitled to this, or to any other benefits the Citizen's Advice Bureau can help.

Bacon Soup

Take lb leeks
4 rashers bacon
4oz butter
1 pint milk
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Chop bacon into strips and gently fry in butter in a closed pan. Clean the leeks, chop and add. Cook gently until very tender (20 mins). Add the milk, salt and pepper (if required) and heat without boiling. Thicken with cornflour if desired.

Serve topped with grated cheese.

Folding Sheets

Fitted sheets can be a problem to old. But its easy if you place the sheet on a table, fold in three lengthwise and then just roll it up.

Get the Global Winter Brochure

Global - for sure this Winter
7 nights in Rome from £139
7 nights in Sorrento from £131
Glories of Italy coach tour from £151

We still have places available March 18th - April 22nd. Majorca, Benidorm, Tenerife still available for the winter period. Contact A.A. Travel. Our 1979 Summer Brochure available from November 13th.

Football at Fairmuir Park

There is still no sign of Fairmuir Park being ready for football again.

This £40,000 project by our Parks Department began well over a year ago.

The grass is growing quite well, but the all-important goalposts have still to put in a reappearance.

When its actually declared fit for play again, footballers shouldn't expect the ball to run too smoothly.

A colleague jogging over the park in the dark this week found out that the ground is far from the level surface it's supposed to be. As he ran over he continually stepped into hollows.

It's certainly not the sort of surface one would expect after £40,000 has been spent trying to improve it.

Player of the Month

Hamish McAlpine collected the "Player of the Month" award from the Dundee United Travel Club prion to Saturdays game with Partick Thistle.

Joint Meeting

Dundee Naturalists' Society and the local branch of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds held a joint meeting in the Museum on Tuesday. Wildlife expert Mr Michael Clegg gave a talk on birds, fish and mammals of the North of England and Scotland.

Guy Fawkes Celebrations

City of Dundee District Council
Civic Amenities Division
Entertainments Section
Sunday 5th November
Guy Fawkes Celebrations
will be held in the following areas:
BAXTER PARK; LOCHEE PARK; ESPLANADE (Broughty Ferry); WHITFIELD (Carberry Crescent); MONIFIETH (Riverview Park); FINTRY (Dighty Burn); ARDLER (Dalmahoy Drive/Turnberry Avenue).

All displays commence at 6.45 pm

Nov 5: a night to remember for all the family. Make your day go with a bang!

Gordon S Watson, Town Clerk and Chief Executive.