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Pottery liquidated

This week in 1894

FOR SALE: It was intimated this week that the Industrial and Co-operative Society Pottery Ltd. of Grangepans, Bo’ness, was to be sold by public roup in the Faculty Hall, Glasgow, on May 9, at 3pm, by instruction of Edward Peterkin, Solicitor, Linlithgow, liquidator, with an upset price of £7500.

NEW LANDLORD: Mr John Hetrick begs to intimate that he has acquired the Dog Well Tavern, until recently run so successfully by the late Mr Allan. The new landlord has carried out extensive alterations and improvements and will offer only the finest wines, spirits and malt liquors.

COURT ACTION: Ole Olsen, master of the Eadelava, out of Horsens, has raised an action against the Forth Towing Company, Grangemouth, following an incident in which his ship and the West Pier, Bo’ness, were damaged to the cost of approximately £30. It was reported that an out of court settlement had been agreed and the case was dismissed.

FARM ACCIDENT: It was reported that on Monday afternoon, farm worker Elizabeth Longston lost the better half of her left hand whilst operating a cattle fodder machine at Dalmeny Home farm.

Mauled by lion

This week in 1944

LION ATTACK: A 12 year old from Bo’ness was mauled by a circus lion but not seriously injured. The animal was part of a travelling circus 
parked at the town’s Calder Park which Philip Montgomery was visiting.

COAL RATIONED: The Ministry of Fuel and Power has decreed that during May and June no more than 15cwt of fuel can be obtained and no-one will be permitted to stockpile more than 30cwt at a time.

JAIL TERM: A Winchburgh driver-salesman was jailed for one year at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. James Glass pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly £800 from his Broxburn-based employer.

SHORT MEETING: The monthly meeting of Linlithgow Town Council was concluded within 90 minutes - almost a record.

TOWN CRIER: Councillors paid their respects to Robert Ireland, former town crier, who had passed away.

RABBIT, RABBIT: The Scottish Central Fur Club had a rabbit show in the OAP’s hall on Saturday. More than 500 animals were entered into the competition with the winner coming from Whitburn.

Scotmid to move in?

This week in 1984

SUPER MARKET: A major supermarket chain is on the hunt for a site in Bo’ness. Scotmid wants to build a rival to Wm. Low and has asked shoppers to suggest a site.

COURSE CLOSED: The opening of Winchburgh Golf Course has been postponed because the Niddry Castle site has not recovered from bad weather. A spokesman said it would be a month before it was playable.

WATER WORKS: Central Regional Council has given approval for a £455,000 scheme to construct a new outfall pipe at Carriden. It is part of a £2 million water and drainage programme for the town.

SCHOOL EXTENSION: Work is poised to begin on a £1 million extension to Linlithgow Academy. Final discussions are to take place with the architects and building will commence in June.

CASTLE PLAN: Peter Wright has bought Niddry Castle at Winchburgh from Hopetoun Estates and plans to turn it into a family home.

POINT NEEDED: Linlithgow Rose require a draw with Haddington on Saturday to secure the Laidlaw League title and Bo’ness United reached their second cup final beating Bonnyrigg 2-1 in the Robertson Homes Cup.

Post Office not closing

This week in 2004

PLANS FEAR: Fears were eased over concerns that the Post office in Linlithgow Bridge was set to close. The owners submitted plans for alterations to the Main Street property which led to fears of closure. But the Weatherups said the plans were for the rear of the house.

NO RISK: Assurances were given this week by BP bosses that no jobs will be lost or plants closed at the company’s Grangemouth site. The pledge came after the firm announced it was to sell off half its petro-chemical arm, including the Grangemouth works.

New practice: The Kinglass Medical Practice in Bo’ness opened its doors this week. The health centre, which is also home to Falkirk Council social work team cost an estimated £1.4 million.

BATTING STAR: Former Scotland and Rangers keeper Andy Goram hit 45 runs on his debut for West Lothian County Cricket Club.

LEAGUE HOPES: Linlithgow Rose boss Jim Sinnet believes his side can win the Super League championship with just four remaining matches.