We’ve all got our favourite childhood memories of growing up in Dundee.
For most of us, the places we remember from when we were young are no longer there and are just that; a memory.
Here we look back at some of the places you might remember from your younger years that are no longer there.
Camperdown Park ships
What would have been a health and safety nightmare in today’s world was an integral part of growing up and ranked ‘Campy’ as the best park in Dundee. Hours of fun, loads to climb on and, of course, the flying fox.
Gussie Park carnival
Great days heading along to the carnival. Today Dundee United’s GM Arena covers the ground it used to occupy.
Gaumont Picture House
On a Saturday morning, before the pictures started, folk used to get up and perform songs infront of the audience. This place was ahead of its time. It was just like the X Factor.
We no longer have a roller disco in Dundee. But back in the 80s we did and Rollerama was the place to be! Found in the Aristocat Centre on North Lindsay Street.
Nearly everyone over a certain age has recollections of the Dundee monkey. Found in the Murraygate, and you could have your picture taken with it, for a small fee.
Shaw’s sweet factory
It was a common location for a school trip and it was amazing! Watching all those sweets being made was an absolute delight. Sadly the factory, formerly Keiller’s, shut down in the early 2000s.
Dundee & Angus Ice Rink
Well before the Dundee Ice Arena at Camperdown, the old ice rink was the place to be. It was on the site of the Tesco Extra on the Kingsway. After your skate you went for a bite to eat at the Kingsway Kabin cafe.
On a Friday after school or at the weekend it was always to the Olympia. Climbing up the spiral staircase was always a must and you felt top of the world when you reached the top. After several goes on the cannonball, the chutes and the diving boards it was time for a ‘shivery bite’ at the cafe.
Megabowl was THE place to go for birthday parties. If you were lucky, the Zap Zone would be included too. Afterwards going for a Wimpy was a must.