A peep at the past

Nostalgia

June 22

1895

FOOD SUPLIER: Mrs Battinson begs to intimate to the travelling community and the public generally that she has opened temperance refreshment rooms at Manuel Junction where luncheons, teas, etc. can be secured with promptitude. The rooms are situated on the lower platform.

PRIZEGIVING: The annual demonstration and presentation of prizes at Bridgend School was held on Friday last consequent on the forthcoming closure for the summer vacation on Friday last. There was an exceedingly large turnout of parents and friends and the room was crowded.

RESTORATION: After a period of 12 months during which time the restoration of St Michael’s church has progressed, a service was held on Sunday last. This was purely to test the acoustics following the renovations and further works are to be completed in coming weeks.

PAYMENT AUTHORISED: At the monthly meeting of the Bo’ness School Board, the treasurer was authorised to proceed with a payment to Drysdale and Sons of £200 to the account of the new schoolhouse at Carriden School.

COURT APPEARANCE: Ellen Rock or McEwan appeared at Linlithgow Sheriff Court accused of causing a disturbance at a house in Kirkliston. She was found guilty on evidence and ordered to find caution of five shillings and keep the peace for six months.

June 23

1995

HONOURED: Roy Redwood, clerk to the Deacons’ Court of Linlithgow has been named in the official Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mr Redwood, a civil servant, has been awarded the MBE.

DEATH OF STALWART: The death has been reported of Bo’ness stalwart Mr William Rodger (79). Mr Rodger a former convener of the town’s community council and a former member of Falkirk District Council had been in failing health. Tributes poured in from MPs and other high-ranking officials who had worked with Mr Rodger. Kathleen Dalyell said: ‘‘Tam and I held Willie Rodger in the highest regard.’’

POOLS WIN: A Linlithgow couple is this week celebrating a £2 million win on the football pools. The lucky couple are Jim and Audrey Grieve of Mill Road. Their pools jackpot is the biggest ever win in Scotland.

GRAND GRANT: A £4 million grant has been made to secure the future of Hopetoun House and its contents for the nation. The cash has been provided by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

SUPER LEAGUE: Both Bo’ness United and Linlithgow Rose have cautiously welcomed proposals to set up a Super League in Scottish Junior Football which will give the top teams the opportunity to test themselves against the seniors in the Scottish Cup.

June 24

2005

GALA QUEEN: It was a big day on Saturday for Meg Wright when she was crowned Queen of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge gala day while the sun shone on the event’s 75th anniversary.
SET IN STONE: An apprentice stonemason from Bo’ness has been named apprentice of the year by Telford College in Edinburgh. Stuart Savage (22) is an employee of Historic Scotland.

CRY FREEDOM: The Freedom of Falkirk is to be awarded to ex-servicemen from World war Two. Falkirk Council is planning a special ceremony in November and now the hunt is on to track down all those elegible.

CHEQUE MATE: Caledonian Produce of Carriden Industrial Estate has just donated a bumper cheque worth £2500 to the Bo’ness Children’s Fair. The cheque was accepted by Fair chairman Jeff Stewart from the company’s Scott McBride.

STAR TURN: Bo’ness Academy pupils entertained packed audiences this week with their end of session show, ‘‘Return tothe Forbidden Planet’’.

GUIDING LIGHT: The woman who will crown Queen-elect Lauren Beglin at next Friday’s Bo’ness Children’s Fair is a leading light in Girl Guiding in the town, Mairi McKenzie. Mairi said the honour was ‘‘the second best thing in Bo’ness to actually being crowned Bo’ness Fair Queen.’’