September 1984

Walter's Step-up

Boots CornerDundee United Assistant Manager Walter Smith has got his reward for his outstanding work with the Scottish youth squad. He has been appointed to the Scotland under-21 side and starts his new job on Tuesday when the young Scots meet West Germany in a friendly at Easter Road.Jock Stein is delighted the United man has accepted the post. He says "With the possible exception of Andy Roxburgh, no one has a wider experience with these players than Walter."

Please Don't Smoke

As evidence points to cigarette smoke doing more damage then just getting up other people's noses, health boards are being encouraged to quell the smoking habit on their premises. And, as far as they practically can, Tayside will play a part by banning the fag in some areas in wards and staff quarters.

Though this country has made no great research into the harm other people's smoking can do to us, three major projects have been carried out elsewhere in the world. The findings point to non-smokers who live with smokers being more liable to ailments such as bronchitis and lung cancer.

And the Home and Health Department is now asking Scotland's 15 health boards to play a part by making non-smoking the norm. This week Dr W.M.Fee, community medicine expert and based in Dundee, said that evidence was building up on the so-called "sidestream" effect of smoking.

But a sudden and total ban on smoking in Dundee's and Tayside's hospitals hardly seems on the cards. Patients under stress, for example, could probably be harmed if their smoking habit was suddenly curbed because of hospitalisation.

And the "separate smoking" areas within board premises may also be hard to enforce because of pressures of space - and that apples to wards and staff areas.

While boards are being encouraged to make hospital smoking a thing of the past, the question of sales of cigarettes within the premises is still an "on-going" issue in Dundee. It might be argued that patients or staff who want them will get their fags anyway, hospital sales ban or not!

The Rusty Kettle

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Spectacle from the New World
The massed pipe band of Legionnaires from Ontario, Canada, made a stirring spectacle of sight and sound in Dundee's City Square at the weekend.

Salute for the bands' was taken at the town hall by Lord Provost Tom Mitchell, who was joined on the platform by Councillors Michael Duff, Charles Barton and Jim Gowans, as well as officials of the Legionnaires.

Afterwards the band members and followers were given hospitality on behalf of the city. Hundreds of shoppers on a sunny Saturday afternoon stopped to listen to the pipes and drums, which included seven big drums and six mace-bearing drum majors.

Labour of Love

There are many senior citizens' clubs in our city. I'm in one. Our 70 members look forward to Wednesday afternoon and we are lucky to have so many kind folk who come to entertain us.

The president, secretary and treasurer all help to keep our club running smoothly. And I must not forget our tea committee.  I would like to say a thank you to all our voluntary workers for such a grand service. It's a real labour of love. - Mrs C. Gordon, 20 Kenilworth Avenue, Dundee.

Dundee Mascot of the Week

Mascot at Dens Park this week is eight-year-old Ross Simpson. He lives at Strachan Avenue, Broughty Ferry, and attends Powrie Primary School. Ross is looking forward to the game against Rangers and meeting his favourite Dark Blue, Albert Kidd.

Bright Tips

Fresh Flask - When a vacuum flask becomes stained inside, add a teaspoonful bicarbonate of soda and fill up with boiling water. Leave overnight, then rinse well for a bright finish. Mrs H. Parker.

Cookery - If a recipe says, "rub in fat," use a grater on the fat first. It mixes much more easily. Miss Kennedy.

Girls' Brigade Campaign

The Girls' Brigade in Dundee are putting all their efforts into recruiting over this coming winter. Starting the ball rolling will be a display in the Wellgate Centre at the weekend, where brigade members will give out balloons and stickers, and featuring exciting posters and competitions, coupled with a window display in the Central Library from Monday.