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On This Day: 26 May
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1974: On a highly enjoyable tour of the middle and far east, Aberdeen take on New South Wales, beating them 2-1 with goals from Davidson and Hermiston.

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1927: Aberdeen became the first Scottish team to play on South African soil as they kicked off their extensive tour with a match against Western Province at the Hartleyvale ground in Cape Town.

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SOCIAL HISTORY: UNFORGETTABLE DISPLAY AT PITTODRIE PARK

<b>  Unforgettable Display At Pittodrie Park 1947: YOUTH FESTIVAL A REVELATION

None of the 15,000 spectators will easily forget that brilliant scene as Britannia moved regally with her escort and suite towards the enthronement dais in the centre of Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, on Saturday afternoon. With 1,500 members of youth organisations drawn up in column, massed bands playing "Rule Britannia," flags of Empire fluttering gently, the scene was an enthralling climax to Aberdeen's first post-war Festival of Youth and Sports Pageant.

From the first moment, with the brilliant opening spectacle of nearly 800 girls dancing "The Dashing White Sergeant" with ballroom precision and causing clouds of dust to rise from the sunbaked ground with their nimble feet, the festival and pageant, sponsored by The Press and Journal" and its associated newspapers, became a resounding success. Skilfully organised on Olympiad lines, it moved swiftly from inspiring music or spectacle to exciting sports encounter, bringing spontaneous cheers from the huge crowd, who made a colourful scene around the arena as the sun beat down on them from a cloudless sky. Youth gave a performance that few will forget. They instantly justified the tribute paid them at the opening by Mr H. R. Spence, M.P. As Mr William Veitch, managing director of Aberdeen Journals, Ltd., told them, Mr Spence had close contacts with youth in the war when he raised the A.T.C. in the North-east. Backed by his war-time associations, his praise - "You are a credit to the North-east and to Scotland," - carried weight. The display bore out his remark. Mr Spence was thanked by Lord Provost Sir Thomas Mitchell. For most people, the festival and pageant was a revelation. And the happy spirit of youthful rivalry between the Aberdeen boys and girls and those who came from Dundee to compete with them gave a piquancy to the sports events.

Dons Defeated Beside the young competitors, senior footballers from Dundee, Dundee United, Gordon Barracks, and Aberdeen came to join in the festival in five-a-side matches refereed by Mr Peter Craigmyle. These games were played in the same fine spirit and the football tournament was won by Dundee, who beat Aberdeen by three goals to two in the final. Spectators who came primarily to see the football matches and the athletic events, found themselves cheering as lustily and just as excited at the speed and skill of the girls' hockey match and the girls' and men's basketball games. And the centrepiece of the displays - "Recreational Activities for Boys" - gave them a bewildering variety of events all taking place on the field at one time - agility and football training, skittleball groundwork, physical exercises, vaulting, boxing, handball and free-standing exercises. Here were recreational exercises carried through in a spirit of youthful vigour and fun by the Aberdeen Lads' Club, Powis, Holburn, and High Senior Youth Clubs, St Katherine's Club, the Boys' Brigade and Sea Cadets, and Holburn, Middlefield, Rosemount, and Skene Square Youth Clubs.

"Delightful Show" Another grand spectacle was provided by the parallel-bar display by teams from the Boys' Brigade, the Lads' Club, and the Youth Service Senior Clubs. Much of the success of the afternoon was due to the music of the Lads' Club pipe band, the Boys Brigade brass and pipe bands, the Boy Scout pipe band, and the 3rd Coy. B.B. bugle band. After the impressive finale a pleasant little gathering of organisers and helpers was held in the Aberdeen F.C. board room. Mr William Veitch expressed his very sincere appreciation of the co-operation of the Aberdeen F.C. directors and renewed his thanks to all who had contributed in any way to the brilliant success of the afternoon. Mr William Philip, president of Aberdeen F.C. and "father" of the club, said they had seen a most delightful show at Pittodrie, and the directors of Aberdeen Journals, Ltd., could be assured of the board's warm goodwill towards any future events of the kind their own newspapers in Aberdeen wished to sponsor.

Inter-City Events Results:? Five-a-side Football. - Round 1 - Gordon Highlanders 0, Dundee 2 (scorers Stott and Gunn) : Aberdeen 3, Dundee United 0 (scorers - Hamilton (2) and McCall): final Aberdeen 2 Dundee 3 (scorers - Aberdeen :Taylor and Baird Dundee Rattray and Cowie (2). Teams Aberdeen -Cooper, Taylor. Hamilton, Baird, M'Call: Dundee - Gunn, Stott, Cowie, Pattillo, Rattray; Dundee United : Barrie, Rae, Harrow, Smart, Wylie; Gordon Highlanders -McKenzie, McFarlane, Darkin, Bond, Yorston Relay Races - Boys' inter-organisation 1 Boys' Brigade: 2 Youth Service Clubs; 3 St Katherine's Club Secondary schoolboys' inter-city - l Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen; 2 Aberdeen Grammar School; Morgan Academy. Dundee. University v. Schools - l Schools; 2 University. Girls inter-organisation, intercity - l Morgan Academy; 2 Aberdeen Youth Service Clubs; 5 Aberdeen Girl Guides Handicap Race. - 1 J.S. Taylor (scr.): 2 Harry Wood: 3 R H Kendal (Taylor is Scottish half-mile champion). Basketball - Aberdeen Men 10. Dundee Men 0 Hockey - Aberdeen Ladies' Select 2. Netball Aberdeen Ladies 5 Dundee Ladies 0 The total result all inter-city events was Aberdeen 10 Dundee 6.

The festival organisers were: Dr A. C. West, chairman of committee; Mr T. T. C. McWhirter, youth organiser; Mr J A. Kerr Hunter C.C.P.R., Edinburgh; Miss M Hay Girls' Guildry; Miss Dora Doeg Girl Guides; Miss H. R. Forbes Boys' Brigade; Mr Robert W. Watt. Boy Scouts Mr James Innes, Aberdeen Lads Club, Mr Geo. Jack, St Katherines Club (Boys); Mr R. M. Watt. Youth Service Senior Clubs; Mr R. E. Cahill, musical adviser.

Source : Aberdeen Press & Journal Monday 26th May, 1947

SOCIAL HISTORY: ABERDEEN'S LOST PROPERTY

1911: SURPRISING DISCLOSURES.
50 TO 60 LOSSES A DAY.

The report in yesterday's "Journal" of a messenger boy having found a deposit receipt for £1000 on an Aberdeen street has directed attention to the question of the quantity of property lost in the city, and inquiries made disclose some almost amazing instances of the carelessness of people regarding goods and valuables that swell the list of lost property. To begin with, it will surprise most readers that the Aberdeen City Police, taking the whole year round, have to deal with from 50 to 60 lost articles daily, and the heterogeneous nature of the collection of lost and found goods is no less surprising. They include almost everything movable, from bicycles and hand-carts to the tiniest of trinkets and coins of every denomination. What is most remarkable of all, perhaps, is the extraordinary amount of lost property that is never claimed by the loser or the finder either, and ultimately sold by the police.

THE FINDER'S CHANCE. In this connection it ought to be stated that every "find " taken to the police office is kept for six months, and if, by the end of that time, no one has established a claim to the ownership, the finder is notified that he or she may get possession of the article by calling at the police office for it, paying any expense that may have been incurred in advertising the "find" - that is only done in special cases - and signing a receipt book. Probably the fact of so many people having left the country in recent times may be the cause of a large number of finders never claiming what they are entitled to, but at all events the quantity of property thus unclaimed is almost incredibly large. A vast amount of work is involved in the conduct of the Lost Property Department, for the utmost care has to be exercised all transactions to ensure that every article goes to the rightful owner - either loser or finder. For example, specific articles that can be described by the loser are more easily dealt with than loose coin or bank notes not contained in a purse or other receptacle. A man will call at the Police Office say, and report that he lost two sovereigns in such and such street, and he will ask the police if they have got them. Very likely the authorities have had the money taken to them by the finder, but it would never do to give it up to a claimant without taking due precautions. The applicant is told that certain sums of money have been found, but that he will have to call again in a day or two, when it will likely be possible to tell him if his loss has been handed in. The police allow this interval in case of another claimant appearing, and if there is only the one applicant he is brought face face with the finder in order to make sure that the stories as to when and where the money was lost and found, and the amount stated tally. If they do, the applicant has his lost money restored to him.

ROMANCE OF A DIAMOND RING. The peculiar circumstances attending the finding of a valuable diamond ring a year or two ago are worth relating. A boy found the ring among the sand by the side of the river Dee at a point between Ballater and Braemar, and handed it over to the police. It was seen to be a ring with stones of very considerable value, and was supposed to have slipped from the finger of some angler. The county police authorities made every possible effort to trace the owner, and spent not a little money in advertising the "find." They also endeavoured, by personal inquiry, as to the people who had been residing in that part of Deeside that season, to ascertain to whom the ring belonged, but all in vain. The time was long past when the ring should have gone to the finder, and a claim was made on his behalf. The police, however, desired to make still further efforts to get the original owner, but again these were futile, and ultimately the ring was sold for upwards of £70, and the money was given to the boy, after deduction of the cost of the advertisements.

REWARDS TO FINDERS. People appear to more honest than the cynic would give them credit for, and among the infinite variety of "finds" taken to the Aberdeen Police Office, it is surprising to find such a large amount of money - loose cash, gold, silver, and copper, and bank notes, these "finds" ranging in value from fourpence, fivepence, and sixpence, to bundles of bank notes and groups of sovereigns. Within the past three or four years a total sum of about £500 in bank notes has been found on Aberdeen streets and taken to the police office. Thus, if our streets are not paved with gold, they must occasionally to some extent be paved with pound notes. The police, with a view to encouraging honesty, are careful that finders of lost property taken to the police office are duly rewarded. At first the amount of the reward is left to the generosity of the losers, but, if it does not come up to the standard of 5 per cent., the authorities give a hint that is insufficient to encourage honesty. Then, if the parties fail to agree the amount, the police intimate that they will report the whole facts to the magistrates - as they have power to do - and let them settle what reward is to be given. This always has the effect of bringing the obstinate loser up to the mark.

UNCLAIMED FINDS. A peculiar fact about the property that is never claimed at all is that it not infrequently includes such articles as hand-carts, bicycles, false teeth, and other things, which, it would be thought, one could not fail to be aware of having lost. This is the season of the year when the hand-cart most commonly goes astray. A flitter, whose household goods are not sufficient in quantity to require him to employ furniture van or even a lorry for their removal, appropriates some shopkeeper's hand-cart, and, being afraid return it to the owner when he has finished with it, leaves it in some convenient side street. It would interesting to trace the adventures of some of these hurleys by the time they figure among the unclaimed property at the Police Office.

"THE BEST UMBRELLA." Some amusement is occasionally afforded by ladies calling in search of lost umbrellas. A lady will report where she thought she lost her umbrella, and when; and will give a somewhat indefinite description of it. She will be shown a bundle of "found" umbrellas, and after inspection, will point to one of the best, and say she thinks that it is her one. Every umbrella is labelled, however, and a lady feels a trifle disconcerted when she informed that the one she has "chosen" can hardly be her one, since it happened to be found about a fortnight before her umbrella was lost!

PROPERTY LEFT IN TRAMCARS. A collection of articles left in the Aberdeen tramway cars was sold in the Tramway Office, Union Street, yesterday. The collection included walking-sticks, umbrellas, jewellery, baskets, purses, etc. All the articles were labelled and priced, and during the forenoon and afternoon numerous purchases were made. When the forenoon shift of tramwaymen came off duty at one o'clock there was a rush to the room which the sale was held, and for close on an hour a brisk business was done.

Source : The Aberdeen Daily Journal Friday May 26th, 1911

SOCIAL HISTORY: NEW AIR SERVICE TO SHETLAND

1936: TO SHETLAND BY AIR  New Service to Begin on June 3  DEVELOPMENTS AT KINTORE 

From Aberdeen to Shetland in one hour and forty minutes. This speedy air service will be started by Highland Airways on June 3. It will thus be possible for business persons to leave Aberdeen in the morning, conduct their business in Shetland, and be back in Aberdeen for lunch. Highland Airways were the first to connect Aberdeen and Orkney by air. That service was started on May 8, 1934, and on the opening day the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, then Mr Henry Alexander, and other members of Aberdeen Town Council, made the trip by air to Kirkwall, called on some of the civic dignitaries and returned to Aberdeen in time for lunch. 

Civic Courtesy Calls Lord Provost Watt and a delegation from Aberdeen will fly to Shetland on June 3 to mark the opening of the new service. They will pay courtesy calls there, and return the same forenoon to Aberdeen. Captain Fresson, who piloted the plane that conveyed the civic party to Orkney in 1934, will be the pilot on this occasion too. When the service to Orkney was thoroughly established, Highland Airways set about making plans for the Shetland service. The first difficulty was that of finding a suitable landing ground. Eventually part of Sumburgh links was prepared. It is now an ideal landing place. Lack of radio communication was another obstacle. Accurate air navigation in bad climatic conditions is almost impossible without radio guidance. Visibility between Orkney and Shetland at times is exceedingly bad. Recently, however, a radio station was installed at Kirkwall, and last week, during a test flight, made between Kirkwall and Shetland, opportunity was taken to convey a party from Orkney to see the inter-county football match.

Overcoming the Weather On the outward journey there were clouds practically down to sea level, but the value of the radio station at Kirkwall was amply proved. Bearings given to the aeroplane were so accurate that the landing place at Sumburgh was located with no difficulty. The return journey to Kirkwall was somewhat easier, as the machine was flying towards its guiding station. Shetland's radio station will be complete by the end of this week, and what ever the meteorological conditions, the initial trip of the new service between Aberdeen and Shetland will be made, is is hoped, within the proposed schedule time - one hour and forty minutes. Highland Airways have arranged their time-table for the Shetland service so that it will be convenient for the train service between Aberdeen and the south. After their arrival at Kintore passengers will be conveyed to the Palace Hotel, Aberdeen, by the company's car service. 

Changes at Kintore Considerable improvements and alterations are being made at the Kintore airport. The ground has been levelled, and a full-sized hangar is being erected to accommodate aircraft without folding the wings. Highland Airways, it is stated, intend to develop their services in every possible way, and to offer full facilities to other air lines which might wish to operate to Aberdeen. It is expected, too, that a clubhouse will be erected at Kintore soon, and it is expected that a school of flying will soon be started. Flying tuition will be given at the reasonable terms which can be had in the south. Club members will be enabled to fly solo for 35s an hour. It expected that those facilities will be fully taken advantage of. 

Source : Aberdeen Press and Journal Tuesday May 26th, 1936

SOCIAL HISTORY: A SUMMER MYSTERY

1952: A Great Mystery!

While on the subject of sport, I'd like to see some social scientists make a special investigation into an annual sporting mystery. Where do the Pittodrie football crowds go in the summer time? Three or four thousand may watch cricket at Mannofield, but what the other seventeen thousand or so do with their Saturday afternoons baffles me. Do they shop with their wives in Union Street, play golf, work in the garden or take the Bairns to the Duthie Park? A vacuum has to be filled and I do not think that watching or playing summer sports takes the place of the Pittodrie habit.

Source :Evening Express Monday May 26th, 1952

Born on this Day
1915 Arthur Biggs Inside left  
1921 Stan Mortensen Centre Forward  
1915 Tommy Walker Inside Right  
Aberdeen Results on 26 May
Year Result Competition Venue Att.
1974 New South Wales 1-2 Aberdeen World Tour Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney 1,145
1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Aberdeen North American Summer Tour 9,165
1967 Aberdeen 1-2 Stoke City American Soccer League East District of Columbia Stadium, Washington 9,403
1945 Aberdeen 2-1 East Fife Mitchell Cup R1 2L Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 12,000
1937 Griqualand 1-2 Aberdeen South African Tour
1929 Oppland County XI 2-5 Aberdeen Tour of Norway Gjovik Stadion, Gjovik, Norway
1927 Western Province 1-1 Aberdeen South African Tour Hartleyvale, Cape Town, South Africa 7,000