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A peek into the Journal and Gazette archives

1894

November 10

ELECTION:The results of the municipal elections were announced. For Linlithgow, Robert Mikael of Bonnytoun won with 192 votes. For the North Ward of Bo’ness, Mr Ballantine won with 170; South Ward, Mr Stewart with 192 votes; East Ward, Mr Drysdale with 296 votes; West Ward, Mr Grant with 209 votes. Queesferry voted for John Davidson with 149 votes.

BIRDS: The annual bird show of Bo’ness and Carriden Ornithological Society was held in the hall of the Coffee House. The competition received more than one hundred entries.

COAL THEFT: Lucy Davidson was given the choice of a five shilling fine or three days in prison for the theft of coal at the dock in Bo’ness. Three other women appeared in court after stealing coal from the bing at Furnace East Pit. They were dismissed with an admonition.

1944

November 10

BURNED: A local man received burns to the left side of his face and forearm as a result of backdraft from a boiler fire at Lochmill. The man received First Aid treatment before being taken home by taxi.

KILLED IN ACTION: Corporal William Horoner of the Scots Guards was sadly killed in action during a firefight in Italy. He and his wife lived on Linlithgow High Street. Horoner, who was a native of Glasgow, had been in the army since he was 15 years old.

HIPPODROME: Miss Helga Stene appeared at the Hippodrome in Bo’ness, addressing the audience with her story of life in occupied Norway. Norwegian by birth, Stene lived in Norway during the German occupation before escaping to Britain via Sweden. She had first hand knowledge of the workings of the underground resistance movement.

1984

November 8

RESPECT: Bo’ness paid its respects to fallen war heroes from conflicts including World War I, World War II and The Korean War with a poppy day appeal and a memorial.

TWINNING: Moves were afoot to twin Linlithgow with Castelginest - a town north of Toulouse in France. Linlithgow Community Council had endeavoured to set up the arrangement by writing to the United Towns Organisation in Paris.

STOLEN: Pupils at Grange Primary School in Bo’ness were left upset when intruders broke into the school and made off with money that had been raised to help victims of the famine in Ethiopia. On the same night, three other schools, including St Mary’s Primary School, Bo’ness Public School and Kinneil Primary were broken into. Two of the schools were vandalised.

2004

November 5

PINK: £7000 was raised for Breast Cancer Awareness when employees at Linlithgow’s Sun Microsystems took part in Wear It Pink Day. Two of the staff were sponsored to have their hair, beards and eyebrows dyed pink, raising £2000 with their efforts.

PETITION: A petition circulated to try and prevent the closure of the job centre in Bo’ness attracted more than 3000 signatures, with a local MP adding his voice to the campaign.

CLOSURE: Sibbald Travel, the only travel agent in Bo’ness announced its closure after being bought out by Lunn Poly - part of the Thomson brand . One member of staff was scheduled to be made redundant, with the others due to be redeployed.