Down memory lane

A peek at our archives

April 20

1895

THROWN OUT: Up to 37 tenants of properties in Bo’ness belonging to Kinneil Colliery face being evicted as the colliery wanted the homes for their workers. Of the 37 homes in question, none of the tenants, had any ties to the colliery.

DRAMA GROUP: The Victoria Hall in Linlithgow was packed this week when the Linlithgow Musical Association marked its debut as a musical production. By all accounts, they performed admirably.

FARM FIRE: Three large haystacks and four stacks of straw were destroyed when fire broke out at Grougfoot farm, near Linlithgow this week.

PROPERTY SALE: The recently constructed pottery works, and associated machinery, based at Grangepans was up for public sale at the upset price of £4000. The sale was being staged in Glasgow.

April 20

1945

PRISONER RETURNS: Private William Beaumont of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders surpised his parents in Bo’ness when he arrived home after being held for four years in a prisoner camp in Bad Sulza after he was made a prisoner at the Battle of the Somme in 1940.

PRESUMED DEAD: Private John Kemlo, London Scottish, and whose parents reside on Blackness Road, has been presumed dead after being reported missing in action on February 24.

POST-WAR PLANS: It was expected that of the 10,200 miners employed across the district will fall to 8350 by 1974.

VICTORY DAY: The West Lothian Licensing Board indicated that premises would remain open all day on the soon-expected declaration of victory over Germany.

April 21

1995

JOBS LOSS: A probe was called into the loss of 60 jobs at Caledonian Produce this week. The company claim the reduction in staff is down to the introduction of new production methods.

HIGH STREET FEAR: Shopowners in Queensferry fear trade will decline if the town’s Post Office relocates from the High Street to the nearby Scotmid on The Loan.

EMERGENCY CALL: A call has gone out to recruit more firefighters for Linlithgow Fire Station. The local station dealt with 137 call-outs but were unable to respond to 14 call-outs due to staff shortages.

EGGSTRA SPECIAL: Up to 400 ostrich chicks could be born over the coming year at Rouken Glen Garden Centre after it introduced of an ostrich farm there.

April 15

2005

CLEAN UP: Vandals in Queensferry were forced to clean up after they targeted a bus shelter with graffiti. Police tracked down the five youths responsible and told them clean the mess or face police action.

SUBSIDENCE PROBLEM: A construction company this week moved into Bridgend to try and sort out subsidence affecting 46 homes in the village. West Lothian Council agreed to pay the £1.2 million cost of the works.

SHORTER ROUTE: The Bo’ness Fair procession will be shorter by almost half a mile this year. The decision was taken as part of the route attracts little or no spectators.

CHAMPIONS: The City of Edinburgh women’s volleyball team, which plays out of Queensferry, has won the Scottish Cup.