A trip down memory lane

A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives

Gloves to be worn

This week in 1894

YES MA’AM: Linlithgow mums are advised that the most favourable age for a child to learn to sing is between six and 10 years. While healthy babies may often sing of their own accord from early infancy, they need “careful watching so as not to allow them to injure their voice by shouting”. And men are advised on the laws of chivalry in the presence of Royalty, gloves are not to be worn. Being “unhelmeted and ungauntleted” as a sign of submission and lack of hostile feeling is to stand as a loyal subject should.

GOOD SHOT: Shooting at the National Rifle Association annual competition was almost rained off due to continual downpours. Severe weather delayed a number of cup challenges including the Albert Cup. High score were conspicuous by their absence. 1st Linlithgow hotshots brought in a respectable score under the circumstances. Sergeant Greig and Captain Cleghorn clocked up highs of 31 and 30 respectively.

Miners injured: Three miners were injured in two seperate incidents at the Snab and Lothian Pits. One of the miners was seriously injured after a coal seam fell on him.

Absentees fined

This week in 1944

RATION PIE: While housewives are reading recipes for dishing up dried eggs pancakes and cabbage pies to help eke out the ration book, Oxydol advert promised “We sail through the grease with greatest of ease” .

ONE ‘FINE’ DAY: Several members of the Home Guard were fined £5 or ordered to do 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to being absent from parades without reasonable cause. Meanwhile, miners were fined £10 or ordered to do 60 days in prison for being absent from “essential work” without cause. Pleading guilty to the charge, one miner offered in his defence that he was hard of hearing and couldn’t hear the alarm, relying instead upon his neighbour to hear the alarm and bang loudly on his door. He then asked to be given shifts that didn’t require to rise so early.

Sentenced: Two men were sent down for 60 days each after assaulting a bus driver by, as the sheriff put it, “butting him in the face using their heads”. The fracas began when the pair jumped on the already full and overcrowded bus. They refused to disembark when asked to by the conductress. Then ensued a “violent disruption”.

Housing opposed

This week in 1984

SITE VISIT: The entire compliment of 24 district councillors were forced into the unusual move of visiting a council site en masse after huge opposition by residents to controversial new plans that may threaten the site of an ancient Carmelite friary and the popular Rosemount Park. A planning spokesman said: “Some of the supposed land value of the area in question that are floating around are quite ridiculous.”.

DAY TRIP RESCUED: Kindhearted donors came to the rescue of a group of Bo’ness pensioners who need cash for their annual day out. Two private organisations and an anonymous donor pooled funds amounting to £100 to pay for Bo’ness Day Centre’s trip to Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

RESTORATION: Author Nigel Tranter launched a restoration bid by replacing a stone in a symbolic gesture kicking off plans to restore Niddry Castle near Winchburgh.

UNITED IN VICTORY: Bo’ness United were invited to a dinner in honour of their sensational Scottish Junior Cup winning season. Meanwhile, more entrants than ever turned up for the Bo’ness Fair Clay Pigeon shoot out. The record-breaking contestant list is the biggest number in 14 years.

Salmond to stand

This week in 2004

NEW FOR OLD: Linlithgow-born SNP Westminster MP Alex Salmond astounds voters overturning strong denials to the contrary and putting his name in the hat once again for the leadership of the Nationalist party that he brought to prominence on the independence ticket after the resignation of current leader John Swinney. Of the decision, SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop says: “If I’ve learned anything about politics, it is to take nothing for granted.”

SAD SWAN SONG: Wildlife experts have been called in to determine the cause of theath of eight swans on Linlithgow Loch and the severe illness of another two. Baffled curators were at a loss to explain the deaths but were able to rule out physical sabotage, there being no signs of violence. Investigations continue.

Puppies reunited: Meanwhile, three puppies were reunited with their owner after going missing during walkies at the Slag Hill area of Bo’ness. And, in the same week, there was a new addition to the Riding School for the Disabled stable of horses when a young mare named Willow gave birth to a surprise foal.