Thursday, 21 July 2011

HRH AT THE GALLEON - 1966

Well I may not have had the exact year when the previous 4 photos on Retro were taken, but this one here is easy - 18th August 1966.
The car is whizzing along Dock Street with The Galleon in the background, the pub being on the corner of Dock St/Whitehall Crescent.
The VIP in the back of the car is Her Royal Hatness the Queen Mother on her way to the ceremony podium to give the speech that officially declares the Tay Road Bridge open.
Photo from Gordon C.

10 comments:

  1. Is that an Irish flag at the doorway ?

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  2. Looks to me to be on the car - one of the royal standards I suppose, whichever they use in Scotland. I think I can see two lions rampant on it.

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  3. I'm sure it was the Galleon that used to have a lounge called - The Fo'c'sle.
    I remember seeing the word (this being back in the 70's) and for ages didn't have a clue what the word meant, or even how to pronounce it!
    It wasn't until later in the 70's when my mate, who was a naval architect, explained what it was.

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  4. do you have dates for other royal visits, Retro? I remember my class in Balerno traipsing along to see Liz and Phil drive past in their big car. Must have been the late sixties. And someone wee'd their shorts in excitement...

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  5. I can tell you exactly where I was on that day. As a 15 year old Kirkton High Pupil I was standing on the Kingsway with the rest of my class forming a guard of honour type thing with pupils from all the other schools. Stood there for an hour, she drove past, we went back to school. At least it didn't rain.

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  6. I remember the Queen driving up Douglas Road sometime in the 60's. Our class was standing opposite Timex. That might have been the same day as the one you were at, Saxe.
    No idea what the exact date was or the event.
    She didn't open that Douglasfield Works place, did she?

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  7. Dundee Directory to the rescue!

    'The first visit to Dundee by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for fourteen years gave the city its most memorable day of 1969. On Thursday, May 29, an estimated 50,000 citizens lined a 13-mile route in brilliant sunshine to give what Lord Provost Alex. Mackenzie described as "a tremendous welcome, greatly beyond my expectations". Her Majesty, who arrived by train, spent five hours in the city during which she toured the Gourdie factory of the National Cash Register Co. (Manufacturing) Ltd., the Douglasfield Mill of Jute Industries Ltd., and spent ten minutes in the three-apartment multi-storey home of Mr and Mrs Charles Robbie, 8f Dudhope Court, St Mary Place. At City Chambers she was the guest of the Corporation at a civic lunch.'

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  8. Cheers Neale, a couple of recommends for you for that helpful material! That's the visit I remember - standing on the Douglas Road, just beside the path that led thru from Kemnay Gardens.

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  9. All I can tell you about that day was when my Kirkton High reg teacher told us we could go away early to see the Queen the chance of going out to play in the sun was a bigger appeal than going to stand on the Kingsway to watch a car going past. I do remember having to lie to the teacher the next day about being there but then again I think he was hoping that most of his class would stay away and not cause a rumpus

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  10. Just for the record re royal visits, on 13 May 1976 we were ordered to line Gardyne Road, all in our red Craigiebarns blazers, when the Queen Mother swept into town to open the new College of Education. As the limousine flashed past, all we could see through the tinted glass window was a seemingly disembodied set of gnashers and waving gloved hand.

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