From the Journal and Gazette archives
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This week in 1894
GLADSTONE RESIGNS: At the annual meeting of Midlothian Liberal Association, a letter from Mr Gladstone was read acknowledging a resolution which was adopted by the Executive Council after the right honourable gentleman had intimated that he did not to offer himself for re-election at the close of the present Parliament.
WEDDING GIFT: On Thursday night a number of employees of the Linlithgow Oil Works met in the house of Mr Fleming, West Port Hotel, and presented Mr David Bogie, one of the officials, with a purse and sovereigns on the occasion of his marriage.
APPEAL COURT: Sheriff-Principal Blair held a sitting in Linlithgow Sheriff Court for the hearing of appeals in civil causes. There were only two appeals before the court. The first appeal was in the case of McEwan v Marshal & Co., Bo’ness. The other appeal in the case of Readmans v. Handasyde, his Lordship dismissed as incompetent.
POSTMAN GIFT: The officials of Linlithgow Post Office waited upon Mr George Oliver, one of the staff, and presented him with a handsome clock as a mark of esteem on the occasion of his marriage.
Fete cashes in
This week in 1944
GARDEN FETE: From a successful garden fete held within the manse grounds of Bo’ness Old Kirk, £150 was raised to provide equipment for post-war youth work in Bo’ness.
SCHOOL PRAISE: “Grange School can congratulate itself on a year of school work and splendid achievement” was the tribute which headmaster Mr Hope paid to pupils and staff at the prize-giving on Wednesday. The performance of the pupils who sat the qualifying examination compared very favourably with that of any other school in the county.
COUNCIL DECISION: A surveyor’s report submitted to Queensferry Town Council showed a slight increase in the consumption of water over the previous month.. with regard to holidays, it was decided that the burgh workmen should have a week’s wages in lieu of holidays if they so desire.
BO’NESS DOCKS: “Eight million pounds are to be spent on docks in this country and we should see to it that Bo’ness gets its share” was the statement made by ex-Bailie Baptie to the Town Council. He said later that, if Bo’ness dock is to survive in post-war planning, it is time the Town Council made a decisive move.
Adrift at sea
This week in 1984
FISHY TALE: A Winchburgh man was rescued after drifting all night in an inflatable dinghy with three youths. Michael Bryce had set out fishing with three Edinburgh teenagers on Sunday. They were due to return at 6pm but relatives informed Eyemouth Coastguards at 10pm when they had still not returned. A massive air sea rescue operation was launched and the missing fisherman were found at first light by the Eyemouth lifeboat.
HISTORY REVEALED: A fascinating find has been uncovered during renovations to an old Linlithgow house. A collection of old photographs, dating back to 1913, were found behind a fireplace in the house at Lion Well Wynd.
LAND DEBATE: The controversy surrounding the Rosemount Park land “deal” has been astonishing. The row has been one of the most emotive subjects in town for a good few years. Now West Lothian District Council is faced with a major dilemma - whether to go ahead with the scheme against the wishes of so many residents or drop the idea and run the risk of losing the 14th century Carmelite Friary site.
Roads are miles better
This week in 2004
TOP ROADS: West Lothian’s roads are miles better than any other of Scotland’s local authorities - and that’s official! The Society of Chief Officers of Transport commissioned a survey of Scottish roads using hi-tech lasers to scan surfaces and found them littered with potholes, cracks and defects. But not in West Lothian which was found to be the best in the land.
SIGNINGS: Bo’ness United signed another two players and both come to Newton Park with very impressive pedigrees. First to sign was 20-year-old Andy Shirra whose dad Jim was a popular performer with Falkirk and Dundee. Signing No 2 with a famous name is Peter Cormack, son of the former Hibs, Liverpool and Scotland striker.
BRAVE MUMS: A group of mothers from Linlithgow dared to take on the Skyride at Ratho Adventure Centre - for a very good cause. The mums were hooked up to ropes and a harness and swung 30 metres in the air to complete an obstacle course with a difference. They raised £272 which was donated to Winnie Muvunyi.