Happy and Sad Memories of Dundee

I first lived at 21 Kinloch Street at the foot of the Law Hill. An old tenement with 1 bedroom and kitchen/front room. The coalman used to come in and dump the bag of coal in the space under the wooden draining board. We moved to Findcastle Street in 1953 and we thought it was great, a new house and a garden. I went to St. Vincent's infants and primary school. It was a long walk to school. Then on to St. Michael's in Graham Street, we got a penny transfer for 2 buses. Used to go the Marryat (near Caird Hall) and the Palais to see all the bands. My dad Frank Cooper lived at 91 Hilltown when he was a wee boy. He had a big sister called Catherine. His mother Margaret was murdered in Dundee in 1933 and it made a big story in the Courier, his father Samuel died soon after this and also his sister Catherine or Kate as she was known, died in 1935. My Dad was an orphan at 15 and joined the Navy as soon as he could. A woman called Margaret Law took him in and looked after him, she had a shop on the Hilltown. I remember when it snowed we used to go the Law Hill and sledge down the spiral road. Ice skate on the Swanee Ponds and go to the Ice rink on the Kingsway. Happy memories and some sad. 

Submitted by Monica Cooper (now Ward)