Down memory lane

A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives

1895

February 9

SUCCESS: Blackness music student Beatrice Pinder was successful in the intermediate exam for entry to the Lodon College of Music. Miss Pinder scored a 67 per cent mark, the highest on all Scottish competitors.

DEDICATION: Linlithgow Town Council gave the go ahead for a new stained glass window to be installed at Linlithgow Parish Church. The window, which features a woman weeping at the grave of Jesus, is in memory of Mr R Glen.

SHOCK: The villagers in Kirkliston were in shock this week at the double death of a local couple. Andrew Wilson, manager at the local distillery, died of heart failure, just days after his wife was laid to rest.

COURT: A boy and girl appeared at Queensferry Burgh Court charged with throwing snowballs. Both were admonished.

1945

February 9

IMMIGRATION: A member of the Australian Parliament gave a talk at the Victoria Hall this week on the benefits on emigrating to the ‘‘land of sunshine and plenty’’. The speaker told the audience that all men of age 21 got a wage sufficient to support a family of five.

ANNIVERSARY: Bo’ness farming couple Mrs and Mrs George Stewart celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their farm at The Drum.

TRAGEDY: A Linlithgow man died just hours after skating on Linlithgow Loch. Andrew Bartholomew, an expert skater, complained of chest pains soon after and later died at his workplace.

WAR: A Winchburgh mother received notification that her son, Private Malcolm Nicolson, who went missing in north-west Burma in July 1944 is now presumed dead.

1995

February 10

PARKING: Residents at The Vennel in Linlithgow were given questionnaires this week to fill in regard to Lothian Regional Council proposals to charge 20p for parking at the nearby car park.

GRANTS: Sports grants from West Lothian District Council saw over £160,000 given to local sporting facilities. Linlithgow Rugby Club received £50,000 for floodlights, £56,000 for Linlithgow Bowling Club’s locker room, £39,000 for an extra court at Linlithgow Sport s Club and £10,000to West Lothian Ctricket Club.

FOOTBALL: There were mixed fortunes for local football clubs with Bo’ness beating Newtongrange 3-0 in the league but the Rose were knocked out of the Scottish Junior Cup by Whitburn, 1-0.

2005

February 11

CAMERAS: Mobile CCTV cameras are being used in Queensferry to target litter louts and pet owners who do not clean up after their dogs. They face a £60 fine if caught.

GALA DRAME: Torphichen Gala Day, which celebrates its centenary may not go ahead unless new committee members come forward.

SHORTAGE: West Lothian Council has a shortage of teachers, so much so that it is offering a bounty of £2500 to those who apply for a job. They are also offering £350 a month for six months towards lodgings if they move more than 40 miles.

CUP DRAW: Linlithgow Rose were drawn against Renfrew in the fifth round of the Scottish Junior Cup this week after beating Hurlford 5-0. Bo’ness lost out to Petershill in the fourth round.