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APRIL 6

1895

POTTERY: For sale by exposure to public roup, recently re-opened pottery in Grangepans, Bo’ness, with machinery (nearly new), upset price £4000, Will not be re-exposed if it fails to meet upset price. – Apply Chrystal and Morris, Solicitors, Stirling.

BALL: The second annual fancy dress ball organised by Linlithgow Dramatic Club took place in the Victoria Hall on Wednesday evening and was deemed as successful and as enjoyable as the previous event last year.

SOCIAL MEETING: The annual social meeting in connection with Bo’ness and Carriden Free Church was held in the church on Tuesday, the Rev. W. S. Hunter, pastor, presiding.

FOOTBALL: The return friendly between Linlthgow Athletic and Bonnybridge Grasshoppers resulted in a 4-2 win for Athletic.

APRIL 6

1945

50 YEARS: Tributes were paid this week to Mr William Callander, head finisher at Lochmill Paperworks, Linlithgow Bridge, who has just completed 50 years service there.

HAPPY FAMILIES: Three local families celebrated reunions over Easter when servicemen returned home from prisoner of war camps in Poland and Greece. The freed soldiers were Private Alex Allan, Private John Burns and Private Alex Aitken, all Bo’ness.

BRIDGE CALL: Linlithgow town clerk Mr N. S. Main made a call for a Forth Road Bridge during a speech on post-war development in Scotland .

CONVENTION: Provost Lumsden of Bo’ness and Provost James Lawson of Queensferry attended the Convention of Burghs in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

APRIL 7

1995

BANK NOTE: A warning of counterfeit £20 Bank of England banknotes was issued to shopkeepers and the public in Linlithgow.

DUMPED: West Lothian District Council convener Jimmy McGinley hotly denied allegations this week that Bridgend was being used as a ‘‘dumping ground’’ for problem families as alleged by village residents.

BRIDGE WORK: A rural road closed to traffic for five years was poised to re-open. The deck was about to be placed on the new bridge over the River Avon at Kinneil Mill. The original was swept away in a flood.

GOAL FEAST: Linlithgow Rose hammered opponents Dunbar United 8-3 in a league game in East Lothian.

APRIL 1

2005

GROWTH AREA: The Vine Trust in Bo’ness received a donation of £300 following a jumble sale. The cash will help with the charity’s work in developing countries.

BIKER DEATH: A tragedy occurred on Thursday last when a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a four wheel drive vehicle on the B9080 near Winchburgh.

WILD LIFE: Linlithgow policeman Jim McGovern is moving on to pastures new after eight years in the town. PC McGovern (52) will be the first ever full-time wildlife crime officer in Scotland based at Borders Police HQ in Edinburgh.

TABLE TOPPERS: Bo’ness United can jump to the top of the league tomorrow (Saturday) if they beat Arniston Rangers in the Super League.