Ninewells Hospital memories
I was very interested to read the article about Ninewells celebrating its 40th anniversary, in particular the part about the Queen Mother opening the building.
By coincidence I recently found a newspaper cutting which my mother has kept for 40 years. It reported that on October 11 the Queen Mother visited Lord Roberts Workshop (as she did most years) where my father, Michael Niepokojczycki, worked for 20 years. As a regular visitor to the factory, the Queen Mother knew my father quite well and on noticing his absence, asked where he was. On hearing he was in hospital and that the manager and staff were sending a get well card and flowers, she asked to sign the card.
She always showed an interest in his life and welfare, knowing he had served with the Polish forces during the last war and had lost a leg and part of his hand.
I still have the card she signed as well as a photograph of my father meeting her at Lord Roberts and am delighted to now have the press cutting too.
Sadly, he did not get the chance to thank her personally for her good wishes as he passed away the day before she officially opened Ninewells, but it is a very treasured memory indeed. Mary Dawes (his daughter), Salton Crescent, Dundee.
Horrified by art school fire
I was horrified by the fire at Glasgow School of Art.
Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was just 28 when allocated the project, which dates from 1909.
Seldom is a building itself a notable work of art.
The Glasgow fire was reminiscent of the one that severely damaged Dundee’s Morgan Academy itself a fine example of a Category-A listed building. My hope is that like Morgan Glasgow’s art school can be restored to its former glory.
Dundee did it, and so can Glasgow. J. I. Matthew.
Addicts need treatment, not incarceration
George Aimer’s solution to children being injured by discarded needles was interesting he wants to lock up all known drug users until they become free of substances.
More children are injured by parents with alcohol problems and passive smoking than by needles. Would he also have them locked up?
Addicts need treatment, not incarceration, to overcome their problems and hopefully there will be more funding for this in the future. Lis Rae.
Show will be well supported
I reply to the letter regarding a charity concert paying tribute to the late Dougie Martin.
I have every respect for Dougie who died in 2012 as a friend and entertainer. I have no doubt the show will be well supported by the many who were entertained by Mafia and The Poor Souls.
Dougie will never be forgotten. Not only was he a very good guitarist, he was also a good guy take it from someone who knows. Jimmy Borland.
Have you lost a friendly cat?
A young male cat has been living in our garden in Peel Street, Dundee, for the past three or four weeks.
He is not neutered, black with a white chest and white underbelly, four white paws and a tiny white tip on his tail. He’s very friendly and I feel he must belong to someone. If you think he might be yours call 645870 or 07883 286659. A. Anderson.