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March 30

1895

CYCLE CLUB: At a meeting of the cycle club on Monday, it was agreed it should meet on Monday, April 8, and inaugurate the season with a run to Edinburgh.

SCHOOL BOARD: At a meeting of the School Board on Monday evening, presided over by Mr Thomas Hope, it was explained that there had been two applications for the post of infant headmistress at the Public School, Bo’ness. It was agreed to invite both applicants to visit the school and to teach in the presence of board members.

THEFT: A fireman appeared in court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to stealing 18lbs of brass from the ‘‘Boreas’’ while tied up in Bo’ness harbour. The Provost found him guilty and fined him £1 with the alternative of 10 days in prison.

MEDAL: The monthly medal at West Lothian Golf Club was played in ‘‘the most wretched weather’’.

March 30

1945

PRISONERS’ POISON: Major Fulton, son-in-law of Bo’ness doctor John Hunter, recently freed from a prisoner of war camp, said the camp surgeon had prescribed poison to prisoners. He said he did not use it after it killed a dog.

CONCERT: A most successful Polish-Scottish concert was held at the Victoria Halls, Linlithgow, in aid of the Thistle Foundation and Polish Army Welfare Fund.

CONVICTED: Two Bo’ness youths were fined £5 each with the alternative of 30 days imprisonment after being found guilty of attempted robbery at The Hamilton Arms public house, Bo’ness.

DECORATED: Former Gazette reoprter A. Doon Campbell, war correspondent with Reuters, was decorated for going into battle aboard a glider with the American 17th Airborne Division.

March 31

1995

ANNIVERSARY: A sub-committee had been set up to co-ordinate the 25th birthday celebrations at Linlithgow Rugby Club. The committee comprised Gerry Keating, Bruce Jamieson and David Oliphant.

EXCHANGE VISIT: Forty pupils and staff from Linlithgow Primary School were travelling to France to visit Linlithgow’s twin town, Guyancourt.

MOVING ON: The Rev. Grant Barclay, assistant minister at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Bo’ness, was moving on after preaching as sole nominee to St Kentigern’s Parish Church, Kilmarnock.

DOWN AND OUT: A controversial penalty decision saw Linlithgow Rose tumble out of the Fife and Lothians Cup.

March 25

2005

SPECIAL CEREMONY: Registrar Irene Godfrey will officiate at a very special wedding this week when she does the honours for her son, Stuart, and his bride, Gayle Hannah, at Orocco Pier, Queensferry.

CIVIC CENTRE: Plans for a £53 million Civic Centre for West Lothian were approved by councillors. West Lothian Council, the Scottish Courts Service and Lothian and Borders Police were set to join forces to deliver the project.

WATER WORKS: The Mains Burn flood prevention scheme in Linlithgow had more than paid for itself, despite the £1.47 million it cost, West Lothian Council was told.

GOING DOWN: A win by Bo’ness over Thornton Hibs meant the Fife side looked likely to be relegated after just one season in the top flight.