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Body in the Avon

This week in 1913

BODY FOUND: Sadness was profound in Linlithgow Bridge on Wednesday morning when it was known that the body of Mrs John Dalrymple, wife of Mr Dalrymple of the “Battison Inn,” had been found in the River Avon. A man passing over the bridge in the early morning was attracted by a strange object in the water and he was horrified to find that it was the body of a woman. He immediately gave information to the police at Linlithgow, and the body was identified.

FATHER Charged: The School Board of Linlithgow prosecuted Denis Ward on Friday for failing to educate his son, Neil Ward. The non-attendance at school was not disputed, but the father alleged that the boy was deterred from attendance in fear of the punishishment that would inflicted for truancy.

BEEF THEFT: Thomas Borlace pleaded guilty at the Police Court on Tuesday to a charge of having stolen 1 lb. of beef from a girl in the High Street the previous day. The evidence went to show that the girl was crossing the street when the accused snatched the beef and made off.

Start of the Marches

This week in 1963

Marches: Linlithgow Marches got off to a good start last Saturday night when Lochmill Deacon was given the traditional perambulation of the High Street and three times round the Cross Well. He was Mr Roger Anderson, Bellvue, Edinburgh Road, and, as he was borne aloft in a decorated chair and wearing his sash of office, he acknowledged the salutations and good wishes of the crowd with the geniality and gusto that is expected on such an occasion.

SAFETY POST: West Lothian Accident Prevention Committee have appointed Mr Herbert Cecil Hankin, 12 Old Kirk Road, Edinburgh, to be part-time Accident Prevention Officer for the county. Others on the short leet were Mr David Clelland, Linlithgow Bridge (who declined because it was not full time), and Mr Tom Grant, Bo’ness.

HALLS RENOVATION: Linlithgow Burgh Halls will be reopened today after complete renovation. The cost has been about £33,000 and the chief improvements are the enlargement of the main hall, provision of up-to-date catering facilities, and a complete redecoration in bright colours.

Bo’ness cup defeat

This week in 1983

FINAL BLUES: Bo’ness United return to their home town on Sunday night beaten but unbowed. Thousands lined the streets to give them a heroes’ welcome as they made their journey back to Newtown Park. The United men had worked like Trojans at Ibrox Park in their bid to lift the Scottish Junior Cup for a third time. But in the end their efforts weren’t good enough with East Kilbride triumphant by two goals to nil.

OAP’s FEAR: Frightened pensioners are afraid to leave their homes after dark for glue-sniffing teenagers gather just yards from their doors. Their foul language and behaviour have forced residents of Blackness, to send a petition to West Lothian District Council.

TIME CAPSULE: Teenager Lisa Orme had time on her hands at unique ceremony on Friday. The second year Linlithgow Academy pupil joined council dignitaries to bury three special time capsules at a tomb at the town’s £2 million Regent Centre. Among the items included were newspapers, a micro chip and a supermarket price list.

Rats in the Loch

This week in 2003

Vermin Spotted: Rats have 
re-appeared at Linlithgow Loch months after they were supposedly killed off. Ricky Wilson, community council chairman, has been told of several recent sightings by residents.

PE FUND: Linlithgow Academy has been successful in a bid by West Lothian Council to the physical education and sport grant scheme. Part of the petition claimed its PE facilities were substandard. It is proposed to upgrade the outdoor training area and improve facilities at the small gym at a cost of £100,000.

Regal Visit: The Royal burgh of Linlithgow is poised for a Royal visit next week as Prince Charles is set to visit Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Parish Church on Tuesday.

HOUSING BLOCK: Councillors have partially honoured their pledge to cap housebuilding in Linlithgow by rejecting a raft of applications. They dismissed an appeal to build 15 flats and two houses at 18 Avonmill Road, Linllithgow Bridge. Proposals to build a new dwelling at 3 Kettilstoun Grove and convert a bake-house at 77 High Street into a house were also vetoed.