A look in the Journal and Gazette archives
This week in 1894
FIRST WEDDING: Carriden Church held its first wedding, between art master David Scott Murray, of Dundee, and Miss Margaret Davidson, daughter of a Carriden land steward. As it was the first wedding, the church was full and the couple left for Manuel by car before honeymooning in Laggan.
LIGHTS OUT: George Hill, a draper of Bo’ness, was fined £1 with an alternative of seven days in jail for cycling through Kirkliston with no lights. The defendant pleaded guilty, saying he had stayed out later than planned. He said the offence was commonplace. The presiding magistrate said that the situation was ‘‘a perfect nuisance in the country, which has to be put a stop to’’.
COAL STRIKE: The Scottish coal strike continued into its sixth week, with no end in sight. In Bo’ness, miners held an open air meeting, then a parade through the town to protest their views, accompanied by the Kinneil Band.
IN COURT: Wm. Davidson, Thirlestane, Bo’ness, appeared in court charged with disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty and was fined 2/6 or three days in jail.
This week in 1944
BRIDGE PLEA: The Forth Road Bridge – first projected back in 1918 – was once again raised in parliament. The House was told that the project had been delayed by the war as it was expected that the amount of steel required would be needed for the war effort rather than a new bridge.
VITAL STATISTICS: During the month of July there were seven births, eight marriages and nine deaths registered in Linlithgow, compared with five births, four marriages and six deaths in the same month in 1943.
MARRIED TEACHERS: MP George Mathers was concerned about a scheme which meant married women teachers had their contracts terminated at the start of the school holidays, to avoid giving them holiday pay. He wanted a national scheme put in place to stop this happening.
NEW BUILD: Scotland would need to increase its construction workforce from 4000 to 25,000 within two years of the end of the war in Europe to have any chance of being able to build the 50,000 new homes required, local people were told at a meeting.
This week in 1984
JOBS BLOW: Hundreds of jobs were set to go at the giant VAT 69 plant in South Queensferry. Stunned local communities heard that the plant was to close with the loss of 340 jobs, with another 360 going in Glasgow.
POSTAL WOES: Plans to close a sub-post office at Grangepans, Bo’ness, in January had caused outrage. Local MP Harry Ewing and councillors had opposed the plans. Mr Ewing said: ‘‘It will cause undue hardship to customers having to pay for a bus into the town centre. Asking this of pensioners in particular is an outrage.’’
TIME CAPSULE: Souvenir time capsules containing copies of documents covering 500 years of history in Linlithgow had been a huge hit. Produced by Linlithgow Civic Trust, the time capsules were sold for £1.95. The group had to commission a second run due to their popularity.
medal award: A former reporter on the Linlithgowshire Journal and Gazette was at Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE. Doon Campbell was awarded the decoration in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Doon was the son of the late Rev. A. A. Campbell of Craigmailen Church.
This week in 2004
TOUGH BREAK: Worried patients had been left confused by a health service shake-up. But NHS chiefs clarified that broken bones would still be treated at St John’s in Livingston. If the bones needed surgery, however, patients would be transferred to Edinburgh for the op and back to West Lothian within 72 hours for recuperation.
VIDEO NASTIES: MP Tam Dalyell was planning to contact the home office over so called ‘video nasties’, which had been anecdotally linked to real life murders. He said he was against censorship but the situation might need to be looked at again.
TOUGH TEAM: A South Queensferry family was crowned the toughest after taking part in the popular BBC show Pushed to the Limit. GP Dr Chris Creber, his wife Maggie and sons Ross (16) and Hamish (13) ‘‘showed grit and determination’’ to reach the final in Australia.
SWAN LAKE: The mystery of what was killing the swans on Linlithgow Loch deepened following the deaths of two more. And the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had sent blood and tissue samples to the Avian Virology Centre in Surrey in a bid to source the cause.