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From our files of July 5, 1912

BALBARDIE House hosted the Bathgate Agricultural Show which generated great interest amongst a record number of local farmers and the gate money amounted to a total of £40.

LOCAL shale miners demanded from their employers a wage increase of sixpence a day in light of the recent addition of 
sixpence a day to the wages of local coal miners.

A RARE African snake was reported to be carrying its young through a field near Linlithgow.

HILLWOOD Co-operative Society in 
Dalmeny held its annual day trip to 
Aberdeen. The party travelled by special train which left from Queensferry.

A FLOTILLA of twelve naval ships docked at Queensferry after sailing from Orkney.

From our files of July 7, 1972

THE South-Eastern Regional Hospital Board has announced the closure of St Michael’s Hospital in Linlithgow despite pleas from Linlithgow Town Council and West Lothian County Council.

TWO women were fined for stealing 118lb. of scrap copper and brass from P and W. MacLellan’s shipbreaking yard at Pier Road, Bo’ness.

QUEEN Jean Dewar was crowned at the Bo’ness Fair by Mrs Joy Callander.

LINLITHGOW Town Council’s former Provost Jack Thomson sadly died this week.

THE Coffee Neuk became Linlithgow’s latest coffee shop when it opened this week.

From our files of July 5, 2002

A DEAD whale has been washed ashore near Hopetoun House weighing eight tonnes and measuring 33 feet long.

BO’NESS United signed former Hibs star Graeme Donald who was with Stenhousemuir but also spent time with Stirling 
Albion.

VETERANS gathered at Witchcraig to mark 50 years since the start of the 
Korean War. More than 150 veterans and guests gathered to remember those who lost their lives.

YOUNG writers in West Lothian have been congratulated on their penmanship in the Young Writer of the Year contest. Calum Haig of Springfield Primary won the Linlithgowshire Journal and Gazette prize.