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A look through the Journal and Gazette’s archives

Friendly finance

This week in 1894

SOLDIERING ON: Captain Cothrill, of the Salvation Army, addressed a large crowd in the U.P. Church about the work of the Army and General Booth’s social scheme. A collection taken at the end of the Sunday evening service raised £3 3s 10d.

PICTURE SHOW: A magic lantern lecture on ‘‘Our Imperial Navy’’ was held in Torphichen Public School. It was well attended.

LECTURE: Mr James Colville lectured on ‘‘Edinburgh after the Union’’ to Dalmeny Young Men’s Guild. It was an interesting account of life in the capital in the early part of the 18th century.

FRIENDLY SOCIETY: The committee’s report to the Philpstoun Oil Works Friendly Society showed income for the year amounted to £145 4s 11d and expenditure, including funeral monies, amounted to £106 6s 6d.

BURGH COURT: At Bo’ness Burgh Court, Alex McCoag was charged with throwing stones at a window in New Grange Foundry. He admitted it and was fined 2/6 with the alternative of three days imprisonment.

Dockers’ wages

This week in 1944

WAGE INCREASE: Dockers at Bo’ness docks were set for a wage increase of one shilling a day as a result of negotiations by the National Joint Council for Dock Labour.

LINLITHGOW LOCH: Up to 3000 trout had been poured into Linlithgow Loch.

No Lights: Two cyclists were fined £10 each at Linlithgow Sheriff Court for cycling with no lights on during the hours of darkness.

Work absentee: A mine worker was fined £10 at Linlithgow Sheriff Court after he pleaded guilty to being absent from work for six months without having reasonable excuse.

CINEMA VIEWING: The film showing at the Star Theatre in Bo’ness was ‘Hello, Frisco, Hello’, starring Alice Faye and John Payne.

presbytery anniversary: A special service was held at Craigmailen Church to mark the 27th anniversary of the East and West Presbyterian churches.

GUIDER RETURNS: Lady Linlithgow returned from India after eight years to continue her role as Guide President for West Lothian.

Damp homes

This week in 1984

HOUSING SHOCKER: A secret document revealed shocking flaws in council properties in Kirkliston. Edinburgh District Council was facing a repairs bill of more than £200,000 after damp was discovered to be prevalent in homes in the village’s Gateside estate.

NEW PREMISES: Bo’ness Community Council had been offered new office accommodation in what was the town’s former public toilets.

band success: Bo’ness and Carriden Band had qualified for the UK National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall after they came in second in the Scottish Championships that weekend.

JOB APPLICATIONS: Queensferry based Hewlett Packard was swamped with job applications after it annoucned in the Journal and Gazette that it was to take on 700 new workers. A total of 2500 applied for new posts.

CUP BOOST: Bo’ness hammered Dunbar five-nil in the run up to their Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Cumnock, while Linlithgow beat Newtongrange in the league.

School fears

This week in 2004

SCHOOL PLACEMENTS: Parents faced an anxious wait to find out if their children would be accepted for primary one and S1 places at Linlithgow and Low Port primaries and the Academy.

mobiles banned: West Lothian Council became the first local authority in Scotland to ban mobile phones from its schools.

POLICE LEVELS: A top officer with Lothian and Borders Police defended the force’s manning levels in Linlithgow, despite crime being on the increase.

NOT WANTED: News that the British National Party had set up a West Lothian branch in Bathgate was greeted with horror. But more than 40 party members and supporters attened the launch.

SKIPPER RETURNS: Former Linlithgow Rose captain Iain Gallacher returned to the side, for the first time in many months, after a career-threatening injury.

JUNIOR MEETING: Both Linlithgow and Bo’ness were up before junior bosses after misbehaviour in recent Scottish Cup ties.