Linlithgow Gala Day 1936

THE weather outside may be wintry, but we're turning back the clock and the seasons for this week's peep at the past picture.

Found in our own archives, it shows the Linlithgow Gala Day in 1936, when, of course, there was no snow to be found – and going by this picture not many smiles either!

However, the royal party certainly does look regal in all their finery.

It just goes to show that whatever else changes in life, the effort and enthusiasm put into the Gala Day is a constant.

Do you know any of the faces in the picture? If so, write to: Peep at the Past, 114 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AQ.

And if you have an old picture that you think may be of interest to our readers, please send it with details to the address above. Photographs are returned after publication.

60 years ago

From our files of December 23, 1949

*A Philpstoun man pleaded guilty to driving a bus from The Cross, Linlithgow, without consent or insurance. He had been at a dance but when he came out there was no bus in sight, so he helped himself and picked up a friend along the way.

*Queensferry Town Council has an additional 20 houses on their 1950 allocation to be erected in Station Road – 10 three-apartments and 10 four-apartments.

*Rev W. Gardiner Scott from Bo'ness is on his travels again – he's off to New Zealand for five years. Only recently back from Italy, he will be leaving his faithful Maltese terrier Skippy at home as he didn't fancy the 26-week quarantine.

*Alec McKenzie of Dundas Street, Bo'ness, a member of the Post Office engineering staff, has been given a medal for 12 years' continuous driving without an accident. Mr McKenzie has more years to his credit but only entered the postal service 11 years ago.

*The League cup tie at Whitburn on Saturday had to be abandoned after 15 mins due to snow, with Linlithgow 1-0 up.

40 years ago

From our files of December 26, 1969

*Nobody seems to want the luxury homes in Kinneil, Bo'ness. The 5000 split-level SSHA homes are now being nationally advertised in a frantic bid to attract tenants to pay the 6 a week rent.

*Bo'ness Academy pupils cheered their quiz team last Friday when captain David Hamilton held the handsome Sunday Post trophy aloft.

*The row over the proposed parking restrictions in Linlithgow High Street swing into round two this week with news that a breakaway "watchdog" committee has been formed in the town to forward alternative ideas on the yellow line fracas.

*David Bryce, chairman of Linlithgow and Bo'ness Round Table gave a talk on sending a caravan to the earthquake disaster area of Banja Luka in Yugoslavia. Part of the team who took the vehicle over, David praised the people of Linlithgow and Bo'ness for their help.

*Despite Bo'ness wanting their Scottish Cup third round tie against Arniston Rangers played on January 2, the Newtown Park club reluctantly acceded to Arniston's request to play the match on Saturday, January 3.