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looking good: While granting that a number of women spent too much time and thought upon their personal appearance, others do not consider the subject sufficiently. Many upon whom nature has bestowed but few of her treasures in the way of good looks could make themselves appear very much better looking than they are.

This week in 1913

LOOKING GOOD: While granting that a number of women spent too much time and thought upon their personal appearance, others do not consider the subject sufficiently. Many upon whom nature has bestowed but few of her treasures in the way of good looks could make themselves appear very much better looking than they are.

SAILING: The advent of delightful summer weather has prompted Mr Ramsay, of the Blackness Inn, to prepare his motor launch for the season and, from our advertising columns, it will be noticed that he intends taking excursion parties from Blackness Pier to the Rosyth Naval Base, Charlestown, or any other place round the coast to which the excursion party desires.

FIRE: An alarming fire occurred at Boag’s Land, Waggon Road, shortly after two o’clock on Wednesday morning. Great confusion for a time reigned among the tenants who, in the scantiest attire, took to the street. Mr and Mrs Geo. Brown and their six young children were in grave danger and they were rescued from the attics not a moment too soon.

Thrifty residents

This week in 1963

In the bank: The recently published statistics of the Scottish Savings Committee show that in the week ended May 11, National Savings in Bo’ness amounted to £7234, Defence Bonds amounting to £3,00 and Savings Bank deposits making up the other £4034.

BIRDS: The long hard winter has affected many species of birds and it is unfortunate that one of our best songsters, the song thrush, our well loved Scottish mavis has been greatly reduced in numbers. The larger thrush, the mistle thrush, is of a more robust constitution, and there are still quite a lot of them about.

GOALS: Linlithgow Rose with their new-look forward line gained another two valuable league points against Whitburn on Saturday. These two vital points brought the Maroons back with a bang after losing to league leaders Sauchie Juniors midweek. Although this match was rather a dour struggle between two keen defences, it threw up some intelligent moves, plus the “cheekiest” goal of the season when young Alex Lumsden scored the third Rose goal.

Train shed on show

This week in 1983

SHED: The Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s Festival of Transport at Bo’ness Station will mark the re-opening of a remarkable train shed which has recently arrived there from Edinburgh. The 140-year-old Haymarket train shed has been transported and is being re-erected at the SRPS’s new steam railway.

IN THE DARK: Houses and shops to the east of Linlithgow town centre were blacked out last Thursday by workers at the site of the new Regent Shopping Centre. A SSEB spokesman said that 505 consumers were affected in the Springfield Road, Carseknowe, and the High Street.

TREE PLANTING: The Chief Scout will visit Linlithgow next month. Major General Michael Walsh will plant a tree at Low Port Primary School at the beginning of a three-hour visit to the town.

TROUT SALE: The trout sales at Beecraigs Country Park resume this Sunday with the start of the new fishing season. Freshly caught rainbow trout will be on sale at a price of 88p a pound.

It’s a name game

This week in 2003

RENAMED: The name of a well known Linlithgow watering hole is being changed to reflect its true character. Neil and Isobel Shaw, the new owners of the Wine Bar, on High Street have announced it will be renamed the Lithgie Arms because the current moniker is said to be ‘pretentious’.

SAFETY TALK: Children at a Linlithgow primary school learned at first hand of the dangers presented by stationary and moving lorries. Pupils from every class at Low Port Primary were given a safety demonstration by a HGV driver in his rig in the playground as part of the school’s annual Health Week.

UP IN SMOKE: Worried residents called the fire service when parts of Bo’ness were enveloped in a pall of grey smoke. Subsequent investigations revealed that a pile of brushwood at Kinneil Woods had been deliberately set on fire by vandals.

TOP COOK: A distinguished Linlithgow chef has been presented with a lifetime achievement award for his “outstanding contribution to Scottish cooking.”