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MURDER MOST FOUL:The WInchburgh murder trial came to an end this week - and the judge donned the black cap to condemn Patrick Higgins for drowning his two young sons in a lonely quarry. The jury ‘‘recommended the prisoner to mercy’’ but if there are no interventions from a higher authority, arrangements would be made for the execution and his life would end on the 2nd of October. His Lordship said the accused had committed a ‘heinous crime’.

This week in 1913

MURDER MOST FOUL:The WInchburgh murder trial came to an end this week - and the judge donned the black cap to condemn Patrick Higgins for drowning his two young sons in a lonely quarry. The jury ‘‘recommended the prisoner to mercy’’ but if there are no interventions from a higher authority, arrangements would be made for the execution and his life would end on the 2nd of October. His Lordship said the accused had committed a ‘heinous crime’.

GOLF COURSE PLAN: It was decided by the Town Council that Linlithgow should have a new golf course. One bailie had approached the new owner of the Avontoun Estate, Sheriff Principal Maconachie, about the possibility of renting land at Kettlestone and he had agreed.

GREAT NIGHT OUT: A night of ‘great entertainment’ was enjoyed at Bo’ness Town Hall, with the high spot being the visit of famous violinist MacKenzie Murdoch and his ‘‘£1000 violin.’’ The entertainment continued with ‘‘a tabloid drama’’ and ‘‘merriment’’, provided by Tom Colley, described on the bill as one of the latest Scotch comics.

Brought Forth

This week in 1963

RESCUEd FROM RIVER: A 19-year-old man from Philpstoun, Linlithgow, was pulled from the choppy waters of the Forth after his canoe capsized a mile offshore from Blackness. The lad was spotted in difficulties by two fellow canoe club members, one of whom ran for help while the other assisted the boy in the water. After the rescue, the man was treated for shock and exhaustion but allowed to return home.

FAIR FORECAST: With the ‘remarkable’ improvement in the weather, harvesting progresses around Linlithgow and Bo’ness, although slight drizzle on Monday hindered cutting. However, the Indian summer predicted by the American long-range weather forecasters should allow the corn to be in and the potoato harvest begun before things return to normal.

PAUL OR LUDWIG?: A young woman being interviewed for the post of Principal Teacher of Music at a local school was asked: ‘‘What’s the current trend in music classes these days, The Beatles or Beethoven?’’ The lady replied;: ‘‘I try my best for Beethoven but must confess that popular music is very much in their minds!’’

Boost for tourism

This week in 1983

CARRY ON, CAMPING: Council bosses said they were keen to throw their weight behind private enterprise in a bid to bring more tourists to Linlithgow. One of the priorities was to establish a camping and caravan park locally and while the council did not have the money to build one, they were actively seeking applications from private companies or individuals who would be willing to do so. Several parties had shown an interest and a council spokesman said: ‘‘We are anxious to come up with new ideas to boost tourism and we are actively discussing various possibilities.’’

FUELLING HOPE: Vital talks were going on in London which could bring a jobs bonanza to Bo’ness in the shape of £150m chemicals complex. Central Regional Council officials said they were confident that negotiations went well and they were a step nearer clinching the deal. The discussions were being held with British Gas and Finnish firm Kemira.

BAd break: Plans for a new snooker and pool complex for Linlithgow were postponed until after the New Year. The intention was to establish the complex at the former Ritz Cinema in the High Street.

Boost for tourism

This week in 1983

OVERCROWDING: The school board at Linlithgow Academy claimed the only solution to pupil overcrowding was to build a new wing. The call was made after Westl Lothian Council published a dossier of suggestions ahead of a public consultation meeting. But education officials claimed there was little room in the grounds for a new wing and suggested an annexe building should be constructed instead.

joust fantastic: A crowd of around 10,000 people attended a ‘‘Medieval Madness’’ event staged by Falkirk Council at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness. Main attractions included a jousting display and a falconry show. The council reported some health and safety concerns, mainly relating to ‘‘galloping horses and flying arrows.’’

prime site bids: Ten developers lodged bids for the First Bus depot in Linlithgow. All of the contenders hoped to create around 30 flats on the prime High Street site, with the office being turned into a shop. The property would probably be used for retirement flats due to the constraints in education provision. The company said the move would be delayed until new premises were located.

 

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