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1894

Journal and Gazette, September 29

CANDIDATES CHOSEN: The first public meeting was held on Tuesday night to seek candidates for the East Ward, Bo’ness, for the forthcoming election, the first in which Grangepans residents were to vote within the new Burgh of Bo’ness. Seven candidates were nominated.

FATAL ACCIDENT: Alexander Dales, limestone miner of Linlithgow Bridge was killed in an accident at Bowden Lime Quarry, near Linlithgow. Mr Dales, an experienced quarryman who had worked there for several years was killed instantly when a large rock weighing some two tonnes fell and landed on him.

IN COURT: John Borthwick and Archibald Baird appeared in court following allegations of assault on an insurance agent, Robert Burns. Baird was bailed at £2 and Borthwick sent to prison. His bail was set at £5.

1944

Journal and Gazette, September 29

OFFICER’S INVESTITURE: Engineering officer, Douglas Goodall, North Street, Bo’ness had been asked to attend Holyrood Palace by royal command, where he was decorated by HM the King with the award of an MBE. The decoration was in respect of his courage, fortitude and endurance at sea after having been torpedoed and sunk.

FISH THEFT IN BO’NESS: Police officers were investigating a theft from Messrs Clark, Fishmonngers, shop on North Street, Bo’ness. The sum of £50 was taken which was said to be two weeks’ drawings. The thieves gained entry by forcing a window catch at the rear of the shop backing onto a quiet lane.

FISHING RECORD BROKEN: The Linlithgow Loch record catch was broken when Mr C Beattie, laurieston hooked into, and landed a fine trout weighing 6lb 5oz on a spinning minnow.

1984

Journal and Gazette, September 27

WORKS CLOSURE: Fears were growing in Bo’ness that Norton Aluminium Products of Bridgeness Road, which had traded for 20 years, might close. The company which employs 10 people fears that its lease may not be renewed.

WHISKY SOUR: A management buy-out has been suggested for the VAT69 plant in Queensferry and parent company DCL has agreed to talks but money to stage the takeover and the owners’ reluctance to give up popular brand names such as VAT69 and Antiquary were potential stumbling blocks to the proposal.

SPECIAL SERVICE: 200 people turned out for a service celebrating 75 years of Carriden Parish Church. Rain forced cancellation of a special outdoors service in the ruins of the original church.

2004

Journal and Gazette, September 24

TRAINS DISRUPTED: Services on the busy Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line were disrupted for two hours on Friday when a two-year-old heifer escaped from R. Y. Henderson’s Linlithgow abattoir. It was being taken from its transporter when it escaped.

MP’s ANGER: Bo’ness MP Michael Connarty was ‘‘outraged’’ when the Journaland Gazette informed him that the town’s Jobcentre, which also serves Linlithgow and Queensferry, was earmarked for closure. The MP had understood it was lined up to offer its clients an improved service in the near future.

OPEN DOOR: The recently refurbished Dymock’s Buildings in Bo’ness was to open to the public as part of Doors Open Day. It was opened in July by Prince Charles following a £1.3 million facelift.