Down Memory Lane

From the Journal and Gazette archives

Germans visit

This week in 1894

GERMAN FLEET: Visitors flocked to Queensferry to view a squadron of five German warships which sailed up the Forth to load up with coal. The fleet, under the command of Vice-Admiral Kloster, berthed boats between Port Edgar and Hopetoun House. Special trains from Edinburgh and pleasure boats were employed to allow people to view the ships.

PUBLIC PARKS: People in Bo’ness were set to get two public parks at the east and west of the town. The new parks were to be paid for by the town council through its promenade fund, with each park costing £55.

CHURCH REPAIRS: The restoration of St Michael’s Parish Church continued with the removal of the galleries, seats, the organ and a screened wall which split the building in two. It was said that out of the whitewash and unsightly partitions, the congregation was promised a grand and magnificent tabernacle.

SPORTS DAY: Up to 1500 people attended the annual promenade music and sports day at Captain’s Park in Linlithgow. Music was performed by Linlithgow and Carriden bands while sports events included races and football.

Sheepish farmer

This week in 1944

SCARLET FEVER: Two cases of scarlet fever and one of pneumonia were reported in Bo’ness in the month of April.

BROTHERS RE-UNITED: Kirkliston brothers, Flight Sergeant Andrew Miller and Corporal Thomas Miller, were re-united for the first time in seven years at an aerodrome in England. Commitments to the armed services had kept them apart.

STRAY SHEEP: Peter Edwards, of Broxburn, was fined £1 or seven days imprisonment after pleading guilty to allowing 26 sheep to stray from Linlithgow Peel into Provost Road

WAR FUND: The Countess of Hopetoun was in Bo’ness to open a sale of work by the Bo’ness Red Cross detachment for the War Fund.

bowled over: The hat night competition on Wednesday at Linlithgow Bowling Club was won by E Morton and J Ronaldson - 18 shots up.

DRAWN MATCH: West Lothian County Cricket Club travelled to Leith Links on Saturday and drew with Leith Franklin Academicals.

DEATH REPORTED: Residents in Linlithgow were saddened to learn of the death of John Berry, a gas fitter, who was well-known in the town.

Commons ban

This week in 1984

COMMONS BAN: Linlithgow MP Tam Dalyell admitted he was upset after being banned from the House of Commons. He suggested that the Prime Minister had lied to MPs about aspects of the Falklands War.

INVASION FORCE: Publicans in Falkirk were poised for an ‘‘invasion’’ as football supporters were expected to flock to Brockville Park for the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final between Darvel and Bo’ness United.

BLAZE PROBE: Firemen from six stations were called to Winchburgh to fight a fire which gutted the village’s British Legion Club on Monday.

TARTAN TRIUMPH: The SNP was thrilled to win three of the four Bo’ness wards in Thursday’s election to Falkirk District Council.

proud day: Queen’s Scout Raymond King, of Kirkliston, was featured in the Gazette after travelling to Londonto participate in the St George’s Day parade, which was reviewed by the Duke of Kent.

TELEVISION APPEARANCE: Bo’ness and Kinneil Band members were set to appear in the first edition of a new television series ‘‘Fanfare’’, due to be screened on Monday. Carriden Band also appeared in the series.

Village growing

This week in 2004

EXPANSION PLAN: Westfield was poised to quadruple in size. Parker Moore (Jersey) Ltd indicated that it was to build 424 houses and 48 flats on the site of the former paper mill.

GP SHAKE-UP: A radical change was planned for out-of-hours care in Bo’ness as the service prepared to shift from local GPs to NHS24.

GOOD RESPONSE: Around 50 people turned up for the first ever meeting of Burgh Beautiful in Linlithgow. The group hoped to enter the town in the Scotland in Bloom contest.

OVER SEAS: A Bo’ness man who had never travelled abroad was preparing to apply for a passport. Joe Connelly (63) planned to travel to the unveiling of a new war memorial in Belgium. His father died there in WW2 when his Avro Lancaster bomber crashed.

FAIR AMOUNT: Bo’ness Children’s Fair organisers were delighted to announce that the annual door-to-door collection had raised more than £9000 – a new record.

WIN BONUS: Linlithgow Rose were through to the semi-finals of the East of Scotland Cup after defeating Camelon Juniors 3-0. Bo’ness United’s title challenge faded when they were defeated by Hill of Beath Hawthorn.