November 1979

Increase in Bus Fares

City SquareDearer city bus fares are in prospect for Dundonians as the regional council is applying to the Traffic Commissioners for another increase. The region wants lower fares up 1 pence and higher ones up 2 pence.

Top Club

Grampian TV's popular quiz programme, "Top Club", is back on the air and on Monday evening the team from Ferranti, Dundee, takes on one from Grampian Health Board. The team members are Joe Conway, Donald More, Bob Petrie and Ian Findlay.

Jimmy Spankie is once again the question-master. First prize for the eventual winners of the tourney is a cheque for £500, to be donated to a charity of its choice. Runners-up receive a cheque for £200.

Shop Closure

The Co-op in Peter Street/Seagate, once the HQ of the Dundee Eastern Co-operative Society, is to close early next year. Some of the 25 employees will be made redundant. The impending closure follows the closing recently of 3 food branches in Dundee - Fintry, Charleston and Seagate.

A Princely Line-Up

Downfield Musical Society this week announced the cast for their spring production of "The Student Prince", to be presented in the Whitehall Theatre next March.

Neil Smith plays the title role of the prince, the part in which he made his musical society debut with NCR Operatic in 1970. Kathie, the prince's sweetheart, will be played by Ann Wallace, while his enforced fiancee is Lynn McFarlane. The prince's advisor is Ian Lees and Lutz his valet, Ian C. Anderson.

Stocking Bag

Bleach old tights to take out the colour and dye a bright shade. Knit strips into shopping bag.

A Shortcut through by Bain Square to Wellgate

Biggest change in the Cowgate in the past 25 years has undoubedly been the demolition of the north side of the street and the coming of the Wellgate Centre. Gone are such names as Style and Mantle, costumiers; Cowgate Sub Post Office run by Mr Swan.

D & A Winning, butchers; the RAF Recruiting Office; the Nat West Bank of Scotland office; and Miss Hodge, house furnishers, not forgetting Bain Square, used by hordes of youngsters coming from matinee performances at the Gaumont - now the Odeon - as a shortcut to the Wellgate.

Although the numbers crossing to and from the new Wellgate Centre are few, many motorists are commenting that the throngs which do cross at times remind them of old times when hundreds used to walk down the Wellgate and across to the Murraygate.


There's certainly a wide range of live music on offer in this area over the next week.

The Ruts - Dundee University

The Solos, The Cheetahs, Another Pretty Face, Mowgli and the Donuts - Tech Union
The Dooleys - Caird Hall
Colussus and the Fortunes - Queen's Sunday Club
Squire - Teazers
Gallagher and Lyle with support Judy Tzuke - Caird Hall
The Megazones - Other Door Cafe

Tay Bridge Disaster

A weekend symposium to mark the centenary of the Tay Bridge Disaster will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th.

The symposium will comprise a one-day conference, to be held in the Tower Extension Lecture Theatre of the University on the Saturday, followed by an excursion by rail on the Sunday from Dundee Station, across the Tay Bridge to Ladybank, Newburgh and Perth, and back to Dundee.

What's On - Cinema

Victoria - Doctor Zhivago
Odeon - Lord of the Rings
Regal - Death on the Nile
ABC - Blazing Saddles, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Convoy, Sweeney 2
The Rep - Travesties
Whitehall - The McCalman's Aladdin

What's On TV

The Basil Brush Show
Dr Who
Larry Grayson's Generation Game
Secret Army
Mike Yarwood in Persons
Something Else - Magazine
A Diary of Britain
News, Sport, Weather
International Tennis
Arabella - an operatic comedy
Happy Days
Mind your Language
The Incredible Hulk
Freddie Starr's Variety Madhouse
Mind your Language
Mork and Mindy
Charlie's Angels
Freddie Starr's Variety Madhouse