THE AR­CHIVES

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

100 years ago

The light­ing of Bowhill and Car­den­den vil­lages is still ex­er­cis­ing the minds of Kirk­caldy District Com­mit­tee of Fife County Coun­cil. Car­den­den Gas Com­pany of­fered to erect and su­per­vise the light­ing of 22 lamps for six months for a sum of £72. Auch­ter­der­ran Light­ing Com­mit­tee con­sid­ered this charge ex­ces­sive and of­fered a rate of not more than 35s per lamp. Mean­while, Bowhill and Car­den­den re­mained in dark­ness. Ratepay­ers held an in­dig­na­tion meet­ing call­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion.

50 years ago

Glas­gow book­maker Mr John Banks said that he had lost more than £3,000 as a re­sult of Prime Min­is­ter Jim Cal­laghan’s res­ig­na­tion. “A cou­ple of days be­fore de­val­u­a­tion we de­cided to of­fer evens on him stay­ing in his job for at least six months,” said Mr Banks. “Our opin­ion was that if he did not de­value the £1 Mr Cal­laghan would prob­a­bly stay in his job. We found that poe­ple with po­lit­i­cal knowl­edge took up the odds. As a re­sult, we have lost al­most ex­actly £3,200.”

25 years ago

Ar­broath lifeboat RNLB Shore­line thun­dered down the slip­way at the har­bour for the fi­nal time at ex­actly 2pm yes­ter­day. Fol­low­ing the rou­tine ex­er­cise, the ves­sel was berthed at the in­ner har­bour so that work can be done on the shed and slip­way in prepa­ra­tion for the ar­rival of the new lifeboat next year. Shore­line is not due to stand down at Ar­broath un­til March, but has va­cated her home early to al­low the shed to be mod­i­fied to ac­cept the larger Mersey class ves­sel.

One year ago

A new re­port has re­vealed more than a quar­ter of all park­ing fines is­sued by Dundee City Coun­cil were un­paid last year. The coun­cil’s an­nual park­ing re­port showed out of all tick­ets is­sued for the 26 dif­fer­ent park­ing con­tra­ven­tions, around 8,000 of the 31,236 fines were un­paid. Be­gin­ning at £30, the fines rise to £90 af­ter 28 days, mean­ing the coun­cil could be owed up to £756,180 if all out­stand­ing fines are more than a month old. The re­port also states 2,861 fines, or 9%, were classified as “bad”.

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