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A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives

1894

Journal and Gazette, October 6

RAILWAY DISASTER: Three mineral trains collided a mile from Linlithgow in one of the worst rail accidents on the Glasgow-Edinburgh line for years. The driver of one of the trains escaped with his life by throwing himself from his engine.

DANCE FRAUD: Gilbert Cochrane was sentenced to five days in prison after he tricked local men into paying him six shillings each for dance lessons in the Town Hall, Linlithgow. Cochrane had fled with his customers’ money, without supplying the lessons.

MINERS’ RELIEF: Those attending a meeting of the Bo’ness Co-operative Scoiety predicted that the coal miners’ strike would soon collapse. It was also acknowledged that a scheme should be set up to help miners and their families who had been pushed into poverty resulting from strike action.

1944

Journal and Gazette, October 6

GALLANTRY: Leading Seaman Patrick Moran of Linlithgow was commended for his gallantry and leadership during the Allied Landings on Normandy. Moran died when his craft was sunk but he showed “outstanding coolness” in the face of enemy sniper fire, rallying his men to rescue valuable beach equipment.

NIPPY SWEETIES: Brothers Alexander and George Downie were each fined 10 shillings for causing a breach of the peace. The disruption was caused when Alexander accused George of stealing his sweet ration coupons and a fight ensued.

BOAT TORPEDOED: Private Hugh McIntosh McMeechan of Gallows Knowe in Linlithgow Bridge is presumed dead after a boat carrying him and other prisoners of war was torpedoed on its way from Hong Kong to Japan.

1984

Journal and Gazette, October 4

ASBESTOS: Deadly asbestos was discovered in 37 council homes in Linlithgow after an investigation was conducted by the council. However, the cash-strapped council was unable to fund the efforts to remove the asbestos and was forced to appeal to the Scottish Office for help.

HEWLETT PACKARD: A £5 million extension of the Hewlett Packard factory at Queensferry was opened by the Government Minister for Trade and Industry, Norman Tebbit, providing 700 new jobs to the community.

FOOTBALL: Bo’ness Amateurs smashed their way into the semi-finals of the Tennant-Caledonian League Milk Cup as they beat Scottish Amateur Cup holders Pencaitland 3-2. The team rose to the top of their section which was dominated by former cup winners.

2004

Journal and Gazette, October 1

HEALTH REFORMS: Mary Mulligan MSP expressed concern over health reforms and called for services such as trauma and orthopaedics to be transferred back to St John’s Hospital. West Lothian Council’s SNP Leader, Peter Johnston, put pressure on the Health Minister to resign over the “mess” created by the removal of services from local hospitals.

FUN DAY: Bo’ness Academy held its first ever fun day which included classic cars, an army assualt course and appearances from the emergency services. The day was a huge success and raised £2300.

POST OFFICE: The Bo’ness post office was re-opened by Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty after a full refurbishment. It was descibed as “bigger, brighter and better than before”.