Down Memory Lane

Cinema screening

This week in 1913

SILVER SCREEN: This week’s top attraction at Louis Dickson’s Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness was ‘‘The Reincaration of Karma’’ which was showing for three nights.

STAGE SHOW: Meanwhile, at the Rival Bo’ness Electric Theatre (opposite the Railway Station’’ ventriloquist George le Wist and his amazing wooden headed comedians, topped the bill.

CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE: A Christian Conference was held in the Vennel Hall, Linlithgow, with an audience of around 250 attending. Mr Alex Stewart of Prestwick gave the opening address on ‘‘The Phillipian Letter’’. Those attending also enjoyed tea and conversation in the interval.

MIDWIFE: Mrs Smullen, Low Port, Linlithgow, working at Glasgow Maternity Hospital, has passed her final examination as a midwifery nurse.

COLLISION: Last Saturday evening a motor car from Torphichen being slowly driven allong Linlithgow High Street was involved in a collision with a heavily loaded brake. No one was injured but there was some damage to the car’s mudgard and steering. The chauffeur was obliged to pull in to their side of the road and make repairs.

Bathing death

This week in 1963

TRAGIC DEATH: A Bo’ness woman died in tragic circumstances when it was believed she suffered a heart attack while bathing at the West Sands at St Andrews. Susan Stirrat, whose family owned a local butcher’s business, was just 30 
years old.

BUSINESSMAN PASSES: Bo’ness restauranteur Bertie Corvie died this week aged 70. Mr Corvi arrived in Bo’ness in 1909 and learned the trade of art of making ice cream at shop of Antonio Ferrari. He set up the Seaview Cafe with his wife Rosie in 1937.

EXCESSIVE COST: Discussions were being held this week by Linlithgow Town Council over finding an alternative car park for the Vennel area. The cost to build a car park within the Vennel re-development was estimated at £30,000.

COMMUNITY FOOTBALL: Following a petition by over 200 youths calling for a football field in the housing developments in Braehead and Preston, the town council is looking at possible sites in the area.

PICTURE HOUSE: Films showing at the Star Theatre and the Hippodrome in Bo’ness this week included ‘Barabbas’ and ‘Son of Flubber’.

Receivers called in

This week in 1983

JOB LOSSES: Up to 93 employees of Bo’ness firm Anchor Construction were given redundancy notices this week. The Grangepans based firm called in the receivers and the future for the remainder of its 128 workforce looks bleak.

PRIEST HONOURED: Linlithgow priest Father Hugh Gordon has been honoured for his work with the Laetare youth holiday centre in the town. Father Gordon is to be made an Honorary Canon, one of only 12 in Scotland.

FAIR CONCERN: The organisers of the Ferry Fair could face mounting financial problems in the years ahead as costs increase for use of local authority premises.

NEW CANDIDATE: The SNP have put forward Beth Eaglesham to contest the forthcoming Douglas Ward by-election left vacant following the resignation of Bo’ness Labour councillor Bill Cleminson.

CHARITY EVENT: A charity football match to raise funds for the Bo’ness Fair was staged between Bo’ness United and St Johnstone at Newtown Park. The BUs will field new signings Jim Sinnet, Brian Fairlie, Willie Temperley and Pat Caroll.

Bus depot for sale

This week in 2003

PRIME SITE: The bus depot in Linlithgow is up for sale and there is a chance the property could be the site for a housing development within a year. The depot was put on the market at offers over £1 million two weeks ago. First plan to move out early next year leaving the site free for re-development.

CEMETERY DAMAGE: Vandals ran riot at Winchburgh’s Niddry Road cemetery causing more than £1500 of damage to headstones. Many villagers were upset to find that family headastones had been broken or upturned.

HOMES VANDALISED: A total of 15 homes in the Springfield area of Queesnferry were targeted by vandals who sprayed six foot high letters onto the gable ends of homes. Police are investigating.

GROUND BLAZE: Firefighters raced to Newtown Park this week to tackle an early morning blaze at an outbuilding within the stadium’s ground.

CUP FINAL: The Rose beat Tayport 4-2 in the semi-final of the Super League Cup. The win set up a ‘east’ meets ‘west’ encounter with the Rose who are set to face Pollok in the final at Prestonfield.