Sunday, 10 August 2008

DUNDEE'S AMUSEMENT ARCADE - 1960's

Probably most of Dundee's kids paid a visit to the Amusement Arcade in Shore Terrace in the 60's. It had the usual kind of stuff, slot machines, rides & shooting games, but the one I liked best was "Torpedo". You looked through a submarine periscope to view ships passing on the horizon. You then had to calculate when to fire the torpedo to hit the ships. It did take 2 or 3 seconds to travel through the water, so it was a bit hit and miss. The path of the torpedo lit up and when you did make contact, the whole consul flashed on & off along with the sound of the explosion. No computer screens then, these were in 3D depth.
Photo by DC Thomson.Tints by GG.

5 comments:

  1. Yep I remember Champion the Wonder horse. There used to be a small shop that sold doll house furniture as well.

    My Dad used to take us for a sarsaparilla. The shop was on the Hilltown then we would go down into the town to the arcade. Happy days!

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  2. 'Elegy for Childhood'

    'In the old arcade,there was lemonade,roasting chickens and toys,and Champion,the wooden horse,gave rides for the girls and boys.'

    www.ploughmanpoemforscotland.co.uk

    Always remembered,the 'Crane - Machine', ate up your bus money and you never managed to grab the ciggies or the watch,anyway,they had been there about a million years!

    Scotty.

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  3. My Mother Edith sold Barbecue Chickens in the Arcade for 20 years everybody new her ! ask your parents/grandparents. Champion the Wuuuuuuunder Horse can still sing it.ha ha and what about the penny slot machine next to the bike ! The Arcade for me was Magic. why do we not retain such Dundee History. Jumping on and off the Green buses before electric doors ah those were the days

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  4. Sorry Guys this is not a picture of Champion the Wonder Horse. The colour is wrong. This horse played "hi ho tonto away" from the Lone Ranger.
    It would be good to see a picture of the real wonder horse a true Dundee legend.

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  5. My grandfather, David Durie, was caretaker in the arcade for many years. I spent many hours there as a young child. It was a real family atmosphere with the stall holders. At night when the arcade was closed and all the shutters down, papa would hose down the stone walkways. I would wander around, conscious that as a keen Dr Who fan, the Arcade held many of the Doctors foes around every corner !!! Colin Hynd with his brother Alex had the ammusements. I spent a lot of time playing the torpedo game. Colin was a good family friend and I'd be handed sixpence's. He got it all back of course. Many fond memories of here and the Green market that papa also looked after.

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