Down memory lane

A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives

Step in right direction

This week in 1894

FAIR DEAL: The Journal and Gazette is aware of the increasing popularity of the Bo’ness Children’ s Fair as an annual holiday particular to the miners and workmen of the district. However, there has been a departure this year with the invitation of civic dignitaries to the event. The miners’ strike notwithstanding this has to be seen as a step in the right direction for the Fair.

LIGHT WORK: At the Justice of the Peace Court in Linlithgow in front of Mr Falconer Stewart, Thomas Paterson and James Calligan pleaded guilty to cycling after dark without lights. Paterson, previousy guilty of a similar offence was fined 15 shillings or seven days imprisonment. Calligan was admonished.

INDUSTRY: Extensive improvements and extensions have been recently carried out at the Linlithgow and Philpstoun Oilworks with 20 workers homes constructed as well as office accommodation and two new retorts installed.

BRASS CONTEST: The first contest held under the auspices of Carriden Band was staged at Kinnacres Park courtesy of Mr H. W. Cadell. Thirteen bands entered the competition and the winners were Dunfermline.

Conserve coal plea

This week in 1944

FUEL WARNING: As the war continued the Ministry of Fuel and Power warned that people must be economical with the use of coal in the summer months to ensure adequate supplies for the forthcoming winter months.

RATIONING: The Ministry of Food took out a front page advertisement in the Gazette to advise people where to get their ration book. Personal applications had to be lodged in Bathgate with strict conditions applied to the process.

PROVOST’s PASSING: The death occurred suddenly at Kinneil, Dunoon, on June 27, of Mr Angus Cook Livingstone a former provost of Bo’ness. A teacher of 50 years, he held several important positions on the town council and also served as a magistrate. Mr Livingstone was the first Labour Provost of Bo’ness.

PRESENTATION: A presentation was made to the Rev. Dr. Robert Coupar, former minister of St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, to mark the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

WEDDING: Lieutenant William Wilson Adams, Royal Canadian Artillery, married Miss Agnes Anderson Shields in St Michael’s Hotel, Linlithgow.

Bumper crowd

This week in 1984

PACKED PARK: A crowd estimated to be 12,000 strong squeezed into the Glebe Park in Bo’ness to see Alison Cross crowned Bo’ness Children’s Fair Queen.

GREEN SCENE: The first shot was played at a new golf course at Winchburgh when district councillor Bill Cannon inaugurated play at Niddry Castle golf course. The land, previously a golf course, had been turned over to agriculture before WW2.

HOUSE CALL: The Secretary of State for Scotland has been urged to intervene to secure the use of Annet House on Linlithgow’s High Street as a community centre. The building is currently used as offices by West Lothian District Council.

COWS MISSING: Linlithgow police were ata loss to explain where eight heifers had gone. The beasts were in fields at Woodcockdale and may have strayed or been stolen.

STEAM AHEAD: A special festival of steam was held at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s Bo’ness headquarters which drew a warm respone from the public.

ON THE BALL: Linlithgow Rose swooped to snap up George Bowmaker from Dalkeith.

Fair returns to roots

This week in 2004

ROOT CAUSE: With Deanburn Pirmary School out of bounds due to re-building work, the Children’s Fair went back to its roots when the retinue left from Kinneil House to take part in the crowning of Queen Caroline Hunter.

GALA CANCELLED: ‘‘Malicious rumours’’ forced the organisers of Bridgend gala day to pull the plug on the event and disappointing village children and families.

ILL HEALTH: All-party support was pledged in a bid to save vital health services said to be under threat at St John’s Hospital in Livingston. A and E services were staying at St John’s but emergency procedures were to transfer to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

FARMER’S MAN AND BOY: John McCluckie was honoured by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Association of Scotland for 40 years’ work at Walton Farm near Linlthgow.

TOP TEN: Mrs Pat Carson, president of Kirkliston WRI was given a special presentation to mark 10 consecutive years in the post and was promptly re-elected to serve for an 11th term.

ART SCHOOL: Bo’ness pupils have been designing plaques for a mining memorial.