The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

100 years ago

Re­ports were sub­mit­ted at Cu­par Parish Coun­cil re­gard­ing the re­mark made at last meet­ing that sym­pa­thy had not been ex­tended to a girl pa­tient in the ph­thi­sis ward at Thorn­ton Poor­house. Ex-Bailie La­mond said, along with the clerk, he had vis­ited the poor­house and in­ter­viewed the girl. When he asked if they had been un­kind to her she replied: “Oh no, I can’t say that.” She said she was not sat­is­fied with the night­dresses and that eggs sup­plied were not as fresh as those she had got at home.

50 years ago

A fur­ther phase in the large mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme by Jute In­dus­tries Ltd was an­nounced yes­ter­day. The firm is to spend £450,000 on re-equip­ping its Dou­glas­field Mill, built only 11 years ago. Work will start in two months’ time. The an­nounce­ment co­in­cided with a press visit to the group’s Man­hat­tan Works to view the re­sult of a 15-month £700,000 mod­erni­sa­tion scheme just com­pleted there. Man­hat­tan now claims the ti­tle of the world’s most mod­ern jute mill.

25 years ago

A Dundee shop­keeper was at­tacked and robbed of his tak­ings – un­der­stood to be sev­eral thou­sand pounds – by two masked men. Po­lice said that their ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested the two as­sailants had been ly­ing in wait for the shop­keeper in the evening’s care­fully planned “mug­ging” at Fair­muir. Ex­ten­sive door-to-door in­quiries by teams of CID and uni­formed of­fi­cers con­tin­ued all day in the Fair­muir Park area. The vic­tim was not in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

One year ago

The level of cuts re­quired by An­gus Coun­cil is cer­tain to lead to “sig­nif­i­cant” job losses, a new re­port has re­vealed. It claims a dra­matic over­haul and re­duc­tion of the ser­vices the coun­cil pro­vides is re­quired ur­gently as the coun­cil faces hav­ing to find more than £30 mil­lion in ad­di­tional sav­ings in the next three years. The re­port states that the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges be­ing faced by the coun­cil are “un­prece­dented in their scale” and that un­pop­u­lar and dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions are now un­avoid­able.

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