A peep at the past!

PARADE PLAN: Linlithgow was poised to host a parade as part of Salute a Soldier week. Four bands had been lined up for the June event at which Lord Linlithgow would be a VIP guest.

High Street sale

This week in 1894

SALE: For sale by public roup by Messrs Glen and Henderson, High Street, Linlithgow, at their premises on Monday, April 16, was the three-storey tenement across from the Sheriff Court with the address 142 High Street.

ANNUAL DANCE: There was a good attendance at the concert organised under the auspices of Winchburgh and Abercorn Liberal Unionist Association. Musicians were Mr James Hill (piano) and Mr William Steel (violin).

SCHOOL BOARD: A meeting of the electors of Carriden parish was held on Friday in the Public School to hear from candidates nominated to be put forward for election to the school board. Mr Archbaild Grant chaired the well-attended meeting which was addressed by retiring member, Mr Cadell.

FIRE FINE: At the Burgh Court, Queensferry, on Monday, before Bailie Fairlie, George Davidson, of Crow’s Close, was charged with a contravention of the Police Act by allowing his chimney to go on fire. A fine was imposed.

Military turn out

This week in 1944

PARADE PLAN: Linlithgow was poised to host a parade as part of Salute a Soldier week. Four bands had been lined up for the June event at which Lord Linlithgow would be a VIP guest.

GOVERNMENT TAKE-OVER: Concern was voiced by Mr Main, Linlithgow Town Clerk, at a meeting of the Convention of Burghs, that central government was taking control of more and more decision-making – leaving little to be done at local level.

SUPER SAVERS: At a meeting in the public school on Friday, it was revealed that Winchburgh residents had achieved record savings totals to assist with the war efffort.

TRAVEL BAN: In a bid to cut out “aimless travel” a ban had been introduced. However, there had been a knock-on effect of a drop in trade for shopkeepers and hoteliers.

PASSED AWAY: The death had been reported of Linlithgow resident and former shoemaker Thomas Drawbell (79). Mr Drawbell had been ill for some time and had been confined to his bed for the last six weeks.

Tide’s set Fair

This week in 1984

FERRY GOOD NEWS: A crisis meeting in Queensferry attracted 35 people and a delighted Bill Hardie revealed sufficient volunteers had been recruited to ensure the continuation of the annual Ferry Fair.

HIGH TECH BID: West Lothian Council was poised to determine whether Springfield Farm, Linlithgow, would become home to a front-runner in cutting edge technology and provide 500 jobs.

PICTURE THIS: Bridgend amateur photographer, Archie McKinnon, won four trophies as a member of Falkirk Camera Club, at the club’s annual prizegiving.

JOBS ANGER: Young people in Queensferry were having to travel 10 miles to Bo’ness to find employment as the authorities could not find premises in the town willing to display a jobs vacancy board. The existing board had been taken down by the new owners of the café where it was displayed.

BE PATIENT: Bo’ness United boss Allen Bryce urged fans to be patient as they prepared to meet Fauldhouse in a crunch Scottish Cup tie.

Bond Street, Bo’ness

This week in 2004

BOND STREET: The newest tourist destination in Forth Valley was based in Bo’ness with the opening of a James Bond-themed motor museum in the former snooker centre in Bridgeness Road.

CONCERN VOICED: Linlithgow Community Council was unhappy that there had been no consultation over maintenance of a railway bridge in Mains Road or of car park re-surfacing work at the Water Yett.

PATIENT FEARS: A working group had been set up to monitor the fate of the nearest accident and emergency ward to Bo’ness. It was feared that NHS Forth Valley planned to move the service from Falkirk to Stirling.

PIPING HOT: Willie Simpson was the latest recipient of the John McLaren Rosebowl from Bo’ness Community Council.

ROSE SHOW: Linlithgow Rose and Bonnyrigg Rose were poised to meet in an important Super League clash. Bo’ness United were mired in controversy after a number of red cards were issued to players and manager Jimmy Sandison during an away game at Bonnyrigg.