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Sensational circus

This week in 1894

CIRCUS IN TOWN: Advertised on Page One of the Linlithgowshire Gazette: Coming to Linlithgow on May 2. Billed as ‘‘The World’s Greatest Show’’, Bostock, Wombwell & Bailey promised the best circus and menagerie would visit town. Admission prices were three shllings, two shillings and one shilling, with children admitted at sixpence.

FOOTBALL FINAL: Broxburn Shamrock and Linlithgow Athletic met in the final of the County Shield at Boghead Park, Bathgate. In an encounter two weeks previous, Shamrock were 4-2 victors. They again defeated Athletic 4-0 to take the trophy for two years in succession.

SCHOOL INSPECTION: Her Majesty’s Schools Inspectors visited the village school, Kirkliston, on Monday and Tuesday. It was understood that the pupils gave a good account of themselves.

DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT: Three Bridgend women appeared in the district court after a fracas at the village well on Sunday. There was a disagreement about their places in the queue. Two of the three concerned were found guilty and were fined 7/6 and 10 shillings respectively.

Wage increase

This week in 1944

PROPERTY FOR SALE: For sale by public roup at Dowell’s in Edinburgh on May 10, with upset price of £1000, the property at 6 Royal Terrace, Linlithgow. Viewing from May 3.

ART SHOW: Mr George Gould, art master, Bo’ness Academy, a well-known watercolour artist, had three pictures hung in the annual Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition which opened in Edinburgh.

LETTERS HOME: Councillor Merker, chairman, of the Christmas Gifts Fund Committee, received communications from local men serving abroad with the Armed Forces thanking him for gifts which had recently arrived and describing the conditions under which they were serving.

wage increase: Employees in the sawmills in Bo’ness, Falkirk, Grangemouth and Larbert had been awarded a pay increase of a half penny on their hourly rate.

WHIST DRIVE: A whist drive was held in Kirkliston Masonic Hall on Thursday night in aid of St Dunstan’s Home for the Blind.

GAS PRICES: Bo’ness Gas Light Company had advertised that the price would increase by fivepence per 1000 cubic foot.

Cyclist recovers

This week in 1984

BACK HOME: The mother of a teenage boy from Linlithgow said her son was lucky to be alive following a bicycle crash. Steven Macdonald spent several days in hospital in a coma following the BMX stunt which went wrong.

STORES TO SHUT: Scotmid had revealed plans to shut major stores in Bo’ness and Linlithgow. The news followed a previous closure of a branch in Grahamsdyke, Bo’ness.

FOOD PLEA: Simon Martin, secretary of the striking Bo’ness miners, issued a plea for more food to help feed his colleagues.

FANS PRAISED: A huge number of fans followed Bo’ness United to Armadale for the Scottish Cup quarter-final. Bo’ness won 2-1 and were set to meet Darvel in the semi-final. Police praised the behaviour of the travelling fans.

FORMER COUNCILLOR DIES: The death had been reported of former Bo’ness town councillor Jimmy Livingston (80). He was a councillor for many years and chaired the development committee.

ROSE WIN: Linlithgow Rose kept up their challenge for the Laidlaw League title with a 1-0 win over Dalkeith.

Vettriano sale

This week in 2004

BAD BEHAVIOUR: Unruly youths were to be targeted by Lothians and Borders Police, said Linlithgow Inspector Hugh Murphy, after six arrests were made that weekend.

CASHING IN: A painting by Scots artist Jack Vettriano sold for £774,800 when auctioned at Hopetoun House. More than 300 bidders attended the auction.

DOCK FALL: A 14-year-old girl from Bo’ness sparked a full-scale rescue after falling into Bo’ness dock. Firefighters using special gear rescued her; a helicopter was scrambled but was not required.

PROFITS CRASH: Sun Microsystems was rocked by gloomy finance figures. Losses had been reported for the 12th quarter on the trot but company boss Hugh Aitken dismissed fears that jobs would be axed.

CASH FOR PARK: Some £200,000 of National Lottery money was set to be used to make improvements to Muiravonside Country Park near Whitecross. Local councillors welcomed the investment.

POINT APIECE: Linlithgow Rose and Bo’ness United fought out a thrilling 1-1 draw at Newtown Park on Wednesday evening.