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This is a photograph taken in the old Bo'ness hospital around late fifties early sixties and was passed to us by David Savage who said: ''The two men are my father Frank Savage on the left and my grandfather Findlay McGilvary on the right.
This is a photograph taken in the old Bo'ness hospital around late fifties early sixties and was passed to us by David Savage who said: ''The two men are my father Frank Savage on the left and my grandfather Findlay McGilvary on the right.
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1895

May 11

SITUATIONS VACANT: The committee of Bo’ness Co-operative Society is looking for two young people to train. An apprentice is being sought for its tailoring department and a ‘‘strong lad’’ is to be recruited for the grocery department.

MEETING: A meeting of the Linlithgowshire Parish Liberal Association is to be held in the old town hall, Linlithgow, on Thursday, May 12. Business to include election of office-bearers and Any Other Competent Business.

POTTERY: The Grangepans Pottery was exposed for sale including machinery by public roup at the Faculty Hall, Glasgow, on Wednesday with an upset price of £4000. The sale was adjourned when no-one came forward with an offer.

DRUNK AND INCAPABLE: An ‘‘army’’ of drunks appeared at a JP Court sitting on Tuesday where there was an exceptionally large number of drunk and incapable cases disposed off and numerous bail bonds forfeited. One man, Patrick Burns, was libelled on three charges on different dates and was fined twelve shillings and sixpence with the alternative of seven days in prison.

PRESENTATION: On the occasion of their departure for America, Miss Jessie Baxter and Mr Wm Baxter were given a presentation by friends and members of Ratho Railway Mission.

1945

May 11

FLYING DEATH: It was recorded in the Linlithgowshire Gazette that Flight Sergeant James Cunningham Porteous (21), the youngest son of James and Ingrid Porteous, of Woodcote, Bo’ness, had died in a flying accident on May 1.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Congratulations were extended by the Presbytery of Linlithgow and Falkirk at its recent m eeting to Rev. J. Wilson Leslie on attaining 25 years in the ministry.

WAR OVER: There was a great commotion and sounding of whistles, etc., to celebrate the cease of the war following the announcement by the Prime Minister, Mr Winston Churchill, that the Germans had surrendered.

Celebrations in Linlithgow included the lighting of bonfire on Cockleroy.

TUBERCULOSIS FEARS: The county medical officer for West Lothian voiced his concern for the rise in the number of cases of tuberculosis reported across the county. At a meeting of the public health committee, the officer spoke to his annual report and said hospital provision was inadequate.

GREEN OPENING: Linlithgow Bowling Green opened for the season on Saturday afternoon when there was a large attendance including representatives from several other local clubs.

1995

May 12

SCHOOL DAYS: Lothian Regional Council member Bill Stuart revealed that , at last, a site had been found for the projected Linlithgow Bridge Primary School. It is to be built on a site to the rear of Lennox Gardens.

YARD PLAN: Councillors on Falkirk District Council’s planning committee were this week divided on proposals submitted by Alex Anderson of Bo’ness to extend his operations at Grangepans. Local councillors said additional noise and dust would be an inconvenience to local residents.

RIVER RESCUE: A family of five was rescued from the chilly waters of the River Forth by Queensferry lifeboat on Sunday night. In a daring rescue a crewman swam to the dinghy and back to the lifeboat each time with a terrified child whom he rescued.

SHOPPING ACTION: A new merchants’ group is to have its inaugural meeting next week. Bo’ness Town Centre Action will press its case for investment in the town with Falkirk town centres management team.

PAYBACK TIME: Whitburn and Linlithgow Rose drew 1-1 in the East of Scotland Cup. A last minute equaliser saw Rose force a replay against the side which they defeated in the Junior Cup earlier in the season.