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1895

June 2

DEACONS INSTALLED: In anticipation of the forthcoming riding of the Marches, the Fraternity of Shoemakers and the Regent Moray Lodge of the Ancient Order of Shepherds appointed their deacons on Saturday night.

SENT AWAY: At Linlithgow Sheriff Court on Monday, Peter Haslin, residing in Linlithgow, and said to be beyond parental control, was sent to St Joseph’s Industrial School, Tranent, where he will stay until the age of 16 years as provided for by the Industrial Schools Act.

FUNERAL: The remains of Mr John Spence (29), who died at the home of this mother, and was clerk to Mr Donaldson, shipbroker, for 17 years, were carried shoulder high by the dock pilots to his interment at Bo’ness Cemetery. Mr Spence was held in the highest esteem by those in the shipping fraternity.

DUKE’S DEATH: As a mark of respect for the memory of the late Duke of Hamilton, whose remains were interred on Thursday, the flags were flown at half mast at the 
dock and the Town Hall clock tolled at 2pm.

POLE POSITION: Captain A. D. Dundas RN of Inchgarvie House has offered to present a flagstaff, 62 feet in height, to be erected in the grounds of the Naval buildings at Butlaw, South Queensferry,close to the recreation grounds.

1995

June 2

DRINK-DRIVE?: Under-fire BP was adamant that it would pursue its plans to sell alcoholic drinks from its service station at Stockbridge, Linlithgow Bridge. The application will be heard by West Lothian District Council next Friday.

ARMED GUARD: There was a ring of steel around Linlithgow Sheriff Court when armed policemen stood guard when Louis Sheppard appeared charged with attempted murder.

HOUSING SLUMP: Falkirk District Council’s housing programme was in disarray after it was revealed a downturn in buying council houses by members of the public had left its budget £2.5 million short.

LAST SERVICE: Former probationer and assistant minister, the Rev. Grant Barclay preached his last service at St. Andrew’s Church, Bo’ness, before moving to take on his first charge as an ordained minister at St. Kentigern’s Parish Church in Kilmarnock.

FEATHERED FRIEND: Convener Jimmy McGinley of West Lothian District Council was chieftain for a day when he was invited to lead the grand parade at West Lothian Highland Games.

MISFORTUNE: Linlithgow Rose lost 3-0 to Whitburn in the quarter-final of the East of Scotland Cup at Prestonfield.

2005

June 3

BOAT BUDGET: City councillors are this week poised to consider a £13 million refurbishment programme for Port Edgar Marina at South Queensferry. Much of the funding, over £9 million, will come from a land sell-off for housing.
GALA ANNIVERSARY: Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge gala day is poised to celebrate its 75th anniversary on June 18 when Queen-Elect Meg Wright will be crowned in the time-honoured tradition in the The Peel.

NET RESULT: Computer users in Bo’ness were poised to get a much improved service with a promised upgrade of the telephone exchange on Linlithgow Road. The upgrade will bring broadband services to business and private users.

BOXING CLEVER: A Linlithgow charity was preparing a record collection of goods for shipment to Romania. Seeds of Hope trustee Marshall Green paid tribute to everyone in Linlithgow who helped fill 1000 cardboard boxes.

NATIONAL TITLE: A Bo’ness snooker starlet had sports commentators watching his career with great interest as Shaun McDemott lifted the under-14 years national snooker title.

TWO OFF: Linlithgow Rose stumbled to defeat at Bathgate and faced the unpleasant fact two players had been red-carded - one for the third time this season.