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Goalkeeper’s game

This week in 1894

LYNCH’S GAME: Bo’ness took on Linlithgow Athletic at Newton Park for the benefit of the ill goalkeeper Mr R. Lynch. Bo’ness defeated Linlithgow 7 goals to one.

HOTEL ASSAULT: Two men from Kirkliston appeared in Linlithgow Sheriff Court charged with assault. They had quarrelled in a hotel and attacked one another. 
Charles Forrest attacked John Fraser and appeared drunk on the day of the trial. He was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment and also had to complete hard labour.

BREACH OF THE PEACE: In Linlithgow Sheriff Court, two parties were tried for breaches of the peace. The first, a man from Grangepans, beat a man with saucepans and his fists. He was fined 25 shillings or the alternative of 14 days imprisonment. And a couple from Torphichen were arrested for disorderly conduct in public . John Gilmour was fined £1 while his wife was dismissed.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY: In Queensferry, the Royal Salute of 21 guns was fired in celebration of the Queen’s birthday. The public school closed on Thursday and Friday and reopened as normal on Monday.

Military moments

This week in 1944

SALUTE THE SOLDIER: The ‘Salute the Soldier’ week was set to be staged in Bo’ness. The procession would travel through Bo’ness and feature different types of military organisations, including the Sea Cadets, Royal Navy, Home Guard, Army Cadets and many more.

RED CROSS CONCERT: A group of women from Bridgend held a concert in Bridgend School to raise money for the Red Cross. In total, the concert raised £39.

MILITARY MEDAL: George Erskine, of Kirkliston, was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. He was a grocer in Kirkliston, before being moved to a branch in Queensferry.

WHEAT LORRY THEFT: James Innes Clark, of Linlithgow, was imprisoned for 30 days for stealing four sacks of wheat from a lorry in Broxburn. He picked them up from East Lothian and was meant to be taking them to Glasgow. But he made a detour and stopped in Broxburn, where he unloaded four sacks of wheat and sold them. It was understood that he made £4, 2shillings. However, he was caught and sent to court. He was not given the option of a fine and was sent straight to prison.

Course opens

This week in 1984

COURSE OPENS: A new golf course was set to open in June in Winchburgh. Golf fans in the village had demanded a new course for a number of years. Members were preparing to enjoy the first tee-off at the new Niddry Castle Golf Club.

LORRY BAN: A ban on heavy lorries driving through the town centre of Bo’ness was secured by campaigning local residents. The Central Region Roads Committee decided to ban any vehicles over seven and a half tons.

Bo’ness United: Bo’ness had the opportunity to win four cups in a row. They had already lifted the Robertson Homes trophy but were also hoping to secure the Dryborough, Scottish Junior and the National too.

fire - arson suspected: A fire which almost destroyed a village community centre was started deliberately police announced. A full scale investigation was launched by both police and fire investigation officers into the blaze which razed Kirkliston Community Centre to the ground. Several fire crews attended at the scene from both Queensferry and Broxburn, which took over two hours to contain due to the severity of the blaze.

School centenary

This week in 2004

100TH ANNIVERSARY: Blackness Primary School would celebrate its 100th year anniversary on June 21, by holding two concerts to celebrate the occasion. The school’s youngest pupil, Kirsty Mullen and the oldest former pupil, Jim McGowan, of Bo’ness, were set to be given the honour of cutting the cake prepared by Mrs Campbell of Blackness.

SCHOOL MOURNS: St. Mary’s Primary School, Bo’ness, was mourning Mr William Power, one of the school’s former teachers and biggest supporters. Mr Power had been a teacher there from 1955 until he retired in 1982. He passed away after an accident in his home.

TIMBER TEN: Christie Timber Services, Bo’ness, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The company specialised in bespoke wood and designing mouldings, facings and skirtings. The timber company provided a great service to the people of Bo’ness and the surrounding areas.

ROSE ON THE BALL: Linlithgow Rose enjoyed a string of victories. They beat Hill of Beith 2-1, and also beat Camelon Juniors 1-0. Linlithgow Rose needed just one more point to win the Super League Championship.