Down Memory Lane

A look through the Journal and Gazette’s archives

Breach fine

This week in 1894

BURGH COURT: At the Burgh Court, Queensferry, on Monday, John McPhillips, miner, Dalmeny, and Edward Lamey, seaman, were charged with committing a breach of the peace by fighting with each other. They pleaded guilty and were fined 7s 6d.

KINGSCAVIL SOIREE: The annual congregational soiree of the Kingscavil Mission Church was held in the church on Friday, the Rev John Ferguson, Linlithgow, presiding.

SOCIETY MAKES CHANGES: Linlithgow Ornithological Society had voted to change its name to Linlithgow County Fanciers’ Association in the hope of attracting new members from across the Linlithgowshire area.

SCHOOL BOARD: The election of a school board for Torphichen took place on Saturday. There were six candidates for five seats. Mr John Stewart, a long time member of the board, was unsuccessful in his bid for re-election.

CRICKET: Addiewell Cricket Club opened the season with a captain v vice-captain’s challenge match.

Polish exiles

This week in 1944

POLISH CONCERT: A concert staged by Polish exiles in the Victoria Hall in Linlithgow raised £27 for the British Red Cross Prisoners of War Fund and the Polish Fund.

TOWN’S MOURNING: Linlithgow was in mourning this week at the death of former Town Crier Mitchell Ireland, who died aged 65. A 
former Royal Scots soldier, Mitchell worked at Lochmill and Bonsyde 
and was a member of the Lodge Ancient Brazen.

CINEMA SHOWINGS: The Rio Cinema in Queensferry featured ‘The Man in Grey’ starring James Mason, while ‘The Human Comedy’ drew crowds to the Star Theatre in Bo’ness.

WAR DEATHS: Bo’ness soldier Lieutenant John Hardie, of the Indian Army, was killed in action. And Captain William Hastings, of the Cameron Highlanders, who lived at Muirhouses, was reported missing in action, believed killed.

DRAMA SHOWS: Both the Linlithgow Players and Bo’nessTownswomen’s Guild staged shows in their respective towns.

Heroic rescue

This week in 1984

FIRE RESCUE: A mother and baby were snatched to safety when a fire ripped through their Pennelton Place home in Bo’ness.

SHOP CLOSURE: Up to six employees of Scotmid were set to lose their jobs as Scomid prepared to close its store at Grahamsdyke in Bo’ness.

NEW HOUSING: The Link Housing Association planned to build 18 flats for the elderly at Avon Bank in Linlithgow Bridge.

LEISURE COMPLEX: Alan Devereux, chairman of the Scottish Tourist Board, officially opened the £300,000 leisure complex at the Forth Bridges Moat House in Queensferry. It comprised a swimming pool, sauna, snooker tables, squash courts and a bar.

FERRY PROTEST: More than 200 chippy lovers in Queensferry signed a petition calling for the Government to make a U-turn on its decision to tax hot take-away food.

LEAGUE TITLE: Linlithgow edged their way closer to the Laidlaw League championship with two wins in four days. Theywere five points clear of second-placed Broxburn.

School room

This week in 2004

NO SPACE: Parents were set to take West Lothian Council to task over the school roll at Linlithgow Bridge Primary. Two pupils in the catchment area were told there was no space – as the school would have to appoint an additional teacher.

TWINNING VISIT: More than 120 people from Linlithgow travelled to the Royal Burgh’s twin town Guyancourt in France.

PUPIL INCENTIVE: Secondary pupils in the Falkirk Council area were being offered cash to stay on at school and sit their Highers. Pupils could benefit up to £30 per week.

DELAYS EXPECTED: Motorists were warned to expect up to six mile tailbacks as repairs were carried out on the Forth Road Bridge

MIXED FORTUNES: The Rose drew with Camelon in the quarter-final of the East of Scotland Cup but Bo’ness lost out on penalties to Sauchie in the Fife and Lothians Cup quarter-final.

CRICKET BOOST: Former Scotland and Ranger’s keeper Andy Goram was rumoured to be in talks in relation to signing up for West Lothian County Cricket Club.