A trip down memory lane...
This week in 1914
PRIME MINISTER: The resignation of Prime Minister William Gladstone, the leader of the Liberal Party, led to the Earl of Rosebery, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, being promoted to the role of the country’s leader. Congratulatory messages were sent south from the Royal Burghs of Linlithgow and Queensferry.
SALVATION ARMY: The company commenced work in Queensferry with an open-air service for locals at The Bellstane. The group had also been given permission to conduct its weekly meetings at the village’s YMCA hall.
NAVAL DEATH: A young naval sailor from Queensferry, Edmund Sandercombe, died under mysterious circumstances. Aged just 33 years, he caught a chill and overnight suffered an acute attack of imflammation. He was buried in the local church graveyard.
CHURCH TALK: A discussion on abbeys and cathedrals across Scotland focused on Linlithgow’s church in relation to its rich history and architectural characteristics.
This week in 1944
FAIR RESUMES: A public meeting by the Holidays at Home Committee in Bo’ness intimated that the Fair would go ahead, with a sports day at Newtown Park on June 14.
PROPERTY MARKET: There was a rush on Bo’ness properties. Most notable was the sale of Muiredge at Carriden, which had been purchased as the new manse for the parish minister.
AIRMAN AWARD: A third Bo’ness man had just received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Officer David Oswald Hendry (23) received the award for “unflagging gallantry and devotion to duty” in the North African and Italian theatres of war.
DIGGING DEEP: It was hoped that a week-long Salute the Soldier appeal would raise in the region of £30,000 from collections in the Linlithgowshire area.
FLAG DAY: Jock’s Box, the War Comforts Fund for Scottish servicemen, had to date dispatched more than 12,000 cigarettes, 6000 dart boards and 4200 footballs to servicemen abroad.
This week in 1984
LAND DEAL: An accident blackspot in Queensferry would disappear with the sale of land next to Queensferry Library. Edinburgh District Council had agreed to sell the land to John Moore, who intended to open a new lounge bar there. As part of the agreement, a new pavement had to be created.
FANS DISGRACE: A total of 13 football fans appeared in Falkirk Sheriff Court on charges of breach of the peace, following violent scenes at the Scottish Junior Cup tie between Bo’ness and Cumnock.
Restaurant concern: Plans to open an Indian restaurant in Linlithgow Bridge did not curry favour with local residents who feared late-night disturbances.
JOBS FEAR: Fears were growing for one of Linlithgow’s oldest and biggest firms. G-P Inveresk Paper Corporation announced it was set to make 29 workers redundant and close down its finishing operation.
CUP WIN: Goals by Sinnet and Beaton saw Bo’ness beat Cumnock in the Scottish Junior Cup fifth round clash, watched by over 3000 fans.
This week in 2004
PROPERTY BARGAIN: The former Bridgend Primary School was sold off by West Lothian Council for just £90,000 to a local farmer, the feudal superior. It was thought the site, which had been granted outline planning permission for residential purposes, could be sold on to a developer for more than £200,000.
PAY DEAL: Nursery nurses in West Lothian rejected a pay deal which offered a wage increase of between 13.4 and 19.3 per cent. With calls for industrial action, 47 West Lothian nurseries remained open while 12 were closed.
PREACHER VOTE: The congregation at St Michael’s Parish Church was asked to vote on whether it would recommend the church’s vacancy committee to invite the Reverend Stewart Gillan to become the new minister, following the retiral of Reverend Ian Paterson.
TOUGH CALL: Just eight points separated nine clubs in the Super League title chase. Lochee were out in front on 27 points from 16 games but the Rose, in seventh, had gained 20 points from just 12 games.