Rolling back the years to 1911, 1961 and 2001

100 years ago

From our files of June 9, 1911

*At a monthly meeting of Linlithgow Parish School Board chaired by Rev Dr Ferguson the attendances were as follows.

Linlithgow Public - no. on roll: 849; average attendance: 760; Bridgend Public - no. on roll: 389; average attendance: 367; Academy - 185; 169

*A woman charged at Linlithgow Sheriff Court for breach of the peace at Kirkliston - it was stated this was her ninetieth appearance at the bar as she has been in nearly every police court in the country. She was fined £2/18 days imprisonment.

*With a company numbering about 200, Mssrs David Wilson, steamboat owners of Bo’ness resume on Sunday evening their summer evening cruises from the Hawes Pier, to Bo’ness. There has been huge interest as always as the cruise goes by the way of the north channel, with excellent views of the new naval dockyard at Rosyth.

50 years ago

From our files of June 9, 1961

*On Monday, workmen engaged in constructing the new extension to Kirkliston Cemetery, uncovered human bones probably female. The remains were taken by the police for examination.

*The annual show of the West Lothian Agricultural Society took place at Kettlestoun Mains, Linlithgow, on Saturday. This is the second year running that Mr R.Laurie has provided a field. Livestock entries, excluding dogs and jumping, approximated to 350, the largest classes being Ayrshires, with over 50, and Friesians, about 30.

*Bo’ness man George A M Ferguson of Alexander Terrace, Carriden is one of the prizewinners in the recent worldwide competition organised by the famous British publishing firm of William Collin and Sons Ltd. to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible.

A total of 19,000 entries were received from all over the world for the competition entitled, ‘How well do you know your Bible?’

There were 350 prizes, one for each year since 1611, total cash value added up to over £500.

25 years ago

From our files of June 8, 2001

*Councillors formally awarded planning permission for the new two-tier single stream primary school at Linlithgow Bridge on Wednesday. But they still haven’t finalised the deal with builders Alpha Schools.

*Education bosses admit that Abercorn Primary School pupils might still be in their rural setting before transferring to the school at Bridgend or the one at Winchburgh - by next Easter! Contingency arrangements are in hand to ascertain, with the parent’s consent, where the children are bound, and “the timing” which depends on the outcome of court proceedings. The new Bridgend Primary building should be available in Easter 2002.

*The Watchman Waveriders won last Sunday’s final of the Railtrack Raft Race on Sunday, amid increasingly turbulent sea conditions. The team, captained by owner Stephen Dow, regained the title they carried off at last year’s event.

*Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Gala Day is only weeks away and preparations are well underway for the big event on Saturday, June 23. Taking centre-stage this year will be Queen Elect 11-year-old Laura Neary of Deanburn Park. The first man ever to crown a Linlithgow Gala Queen will be Peter Coleman.