Your Voice Thursday February 19

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Tele train pic spurred memories

I recently saw a lovely picture in the Tele of a train running through Charleston, Dundee, and it brought back childhood memories.

I was brought up in Charleston and I can well remember the railway line that went along South Road past the Lino works. However, I would like to know more about that railway line (which closed in the late 1960s).

Although it used to be a passenger railway line, that was never the case during my lifetime; during my childhood it was freight-only.

I can also remember visiting an aunt who used to live in a ground-floor council flat in Thurso Crescent, Menzieshill, many times during my childhood and when we looked out of her livingroom window there was a large field at the end of which you could see freight trains passing. I believe that was the same railway line as the one that passed through Charleston or, perhaps, it was a branch of that line?

I recently read that, before my lifetime, passenger trains used to stop at Lochee Station and the next stop would be Lochee West and then the next stop was Liff Station.

A very old man recently told me that Liff Station wasn’t actually in Liff village; according to him the station for Liff was near to where the Lynch Sports Centre in South Road is now and that what used to be Liff Station is now a private house very close to and on the opposite side of the road from the Lynch Sports Centre.

I wonder if anyone can confirm whether or not that is true? Kenneth Brannan.

Rod would have been splash hit!

It was great to see the picture in the Tele’s Back in the Day feature of the visit to Bruce’s Records in Reform Street, Dundee, by Rod Stewart in 1974.

Menzieshill High School was holding a 24-hour swim to break a world record that day.

We knew Rod was going to be in town because one of the boys at the record shop was the boyfriend of a Menzieshill teacher.

So we invited Rod up to the school to start the attempt but he ended up besieged in the shop and missed the start! Frank Jordan.

Quiz night in aid of the Brae

The Brae Riding for the Disabled in Dundee is holding a quiz night on Monday March 2 at The Fort in Broughty Ferry to raise funds for the centre.

Tickets are 5 per person and we are looking for teams of four or five to join us for a fantastic evening.

Tickets are available by emailing admin@brae.org.uk or phoning Cindy on 776880.

Come along and join in the fun. Cindy Grant, Administrator.

Grateful for gifts, cards

THANKS: To everyone who came to my baby shower.

I am very grateful for all the gifts and cards. It really means a lot.

Also to all of my clients at One Cut Above for everything. Jodie-Lee, Garry and Alexis.

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