Who can remember the Tayside Laundry? This was the red brick building situated on the Tayport Road, to the east of the present-day bridge road access, just beyond the road up to Northfeld farm. It operated from the early 1900s for some fifty years. No doubt this catchy slogan brought in lots of business!
On a green hill by the river Where the gentle zephyrs blow You should have your linen laundered By the Tayside Laundry Co.
Technologically the Tayside Laundry was fairly advanced: from its opening in 1906 it was powered by electricity. The electricity was produced via the gas supply! A gas suction engine powered a dynamo, which in turn produced enough electricity to drive all the ironing machines and mangles, as well as supplying heating and lighting. After extensive research by the directors of the laundry it was discovered that this was by far the cheapest way of producing all the power required.
In the 1890s and early 1900s the Newport Steam Laundry operated in King Street where Maryton flats now stand. The town council had to deal with frequent complaints about excess smoke from the laundry.