Dundee strongman Grant Anderson hit the headlines when he appeared on the ITV show Britain’s Strongest Man.
back in the day
We received this letter from Bill Lumsden...
If there is anyone who can tell you a thing or two about Dundee’s Waterfront, it’s former shipyard worker Malcolm Gracie.
As usual, Tele readers came to the rescue and unearthed information on the mystery football team we featured in Back in the Day.
Arbroath High pupils staged a demonstration outside their school gates in a campaign for girls to be allowed to wear trousers. It was 1976 and Patricia Robb was just 15 when she made the banner reading “Down with skirts, up with trousers” with the help of her parents — absolute girl power!
Memories came flooding back for Agnes Brown when a family member spotted her in the Tele’s Back in the Day feature.
This group of youngsters got the chance to show off their talents on stage at the Marryat Hall in 1995. The show had a mix of drama, music and, quite randomly, karate. Judging by the big thumbs up it must have gone pretty well. I wonder where these kids are now? Singers? Actors? Karate experts?
The number these kids are holding was for a bullying helpline which was the first of its kind in 1994. Children could phone up and receive support. The kids pictured here were all pupils of Whitfield High.
When Dundee Airport opened in 1963, our photographer went and grabbed a snap of a random plane. The high-wing/tricycle undercarriage configuration of this single engined aircraft suggests it’s a Piper but I really don’t know. Someone will come along in a minute and tell me, I’ve no doubt. Nice chimney out there too.
A rather stylish tea dance at the Marryat Hall. They were quite popular back then. I must say I like the idea. It all seems very civilised and reminiscent of Outposts-of-the-Empire, the sort of thing they’d do at Raffles in Singapore or at the Officers Mess in Calcutta.
Ah! A “fun run”.
BBC2 drama “The Lost Tribe” was about a Lithuanian Jew called Moshe Kaydan who fled his homeland in 1885 due to persecution.
Parachute display during the Dundee Festival and, as was explained when we ran a similar pic a few weeks ago, the paradrop was thanks to Dundonian Ken Small who left the city about 1967 and ended up running a Christian missionary group in California.
Dundee Model Railway Club had a massively successful exhibition at the Marryat Hall in October 1988 and the place was mobbed, so much so that chairman of the club Vic Burnes-Jones had to apologise for the congestion. I blame Thomas the Tank Engine myself for making trains so popular. Look at the fascinated kids.
Disquiet was growing in Whitfield over the fact that there was only one sub-post office serving the area.
NCR won the 1996 “NatWest FT Export Excellence Award” which rewarded their amazing sales across the world.
In 1973 the BBC’s “Young Scientist of the Year” was filming in Dundee. One of the teams featured was this crew from Morgan Academy. That’s James Smith, Derek Bell, Roger Strachan and Thomas Schofield. Their project was to establish how expensive enzymes could be re-used. I don’t even know what that means.
Today the Tele goes back to 1995, and a nice little story that appeared in our newspaper.
It’s not every day that you look at the Tele and see yourself staring back – from 58 years ago.
In this trip down memory lane, we focus on restaurant venues in Dundee that have served up tasty offerings to tempt customers over the years.