Fire 28/4/1921

(Article copied from a report in the Advertiser on 28th April 1921)

Alleged Fire Raising at Dundee “Gym”




The four men arrested by the Dundee police in connection with the recent fire in the Ward Road Gymnasium, when the building was completely gutted, appeared before Baillie Allan at Dundee Police Court yesterday. The accused are: – James Weir (26), labourer, 165 Hilltown; Thos. McIver (23), labourer, 178 Brook Street; Frederick Gow (28), discharged soldier, 27 North Ellen Street; and Donald Gordon Stephen (26), labourer, 151 Victoria Road. Mr. A. Bell, Burgh Procurator-Fiscal, stated that the accused were charged with having willfully set fire to and destroying the public Gymnasium and its contents in ward Road on Wednesday, 13th April, at or about 10.30p.m. He asked that they might be remanded in custody until Tuesday next. The Bench acquiesced. Considerable interest was manifested in the proceedings by a large crowd of spectators, who thronged the Courtroom. So great was the demand for admittance that many had to be refused entrance to the Court, and these assembled outside, and waited to hear how the case had proceeded