Down memory lane...

A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives


November 24

SABBATH: Eleven Bo’ness boys aged between 13 and 18 were charged with playing football at the West Pier on the Sabbath. Appearing at the Burgh Court, the boys were given a choice of three days imprisonment or a fine of 1s 6d. The judge considered the sentence “light”.

LIBRARY: Bo’ness School Board proposed that a free library be established in the town. The plan was to be financed through the Promenade Fund - usually used for setting up spaces like public parks. The idea was said to be indicative of the “public spirit” of Bo’ness.

SHORTAGE: County officials in Linlithgow were left scratching their heads when no magistrate turned up to the meeting of the Burgh Police Court. Those accused of criminal wrongdoing had to be discharged when all of the local magistrates were found to be either out of town or otherwise engaged.


November 24

POPPY DAY: A record amount of money was collected as part of Linlithgow’s Poppy Appeal, commemorating the end of the First World War. A grand total of £151, 7s, 6d, was raised. Residents of Bridgend also took part.

CORPORAL KILLED: Corporal Thomas Beglin of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) died of wounds he received in active service. Beglin, who had been a bricklayer by trade, was a native of Bridgeness. He was 22 years old when he died.

COALITION: George Mathers MP spoke out about the wartime coalition government at a public meeting in the Burgh Halls. Addressing the audience, Mathers praised the coalition’s spirit of co-operation and compromise, countering the criticism it had received at its inception. He also called for international co-operation.


November 22

EMERGENCY CLOSURE: 400 pupils were sent home from Kinneil Primary School after the heating system broke down. Due to the miners’ strike, the school had not received the usual delivery of coal and had received a faulty batch “full of shale and rubbish” instead.

CHAMPANY FIRE: The Champany Inn was closed to diners for almost a week when a fire tore through the kitchen during the restaurant’s traditional Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations. A baron of beef weighing more than 300lbs was being cooked when a fume extraction unit caught fire damaging the kitchen roof.

PARKING: The Regent Centre in Linlithgow put an end to all day free parking imposing hefty fines on commuters who stayed in the car park for more than two hours.


November 19

BOND VILLAIN: Richard Kiel, famous for playing the iconic Bond villain Jaws, paid a visit to Bo’ness Motor Museum - much to the delight of fans of the James Bond film franchise. The star of Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me posed for photos with fans and signed copies of his autobiography.

RICH TIPPLE: Platform 3 were excited to procure a 28-year-old St Magdalene’s whisky. The tipple, which had a strength of 48.1% ABV was available to patrons for the handsome sum of £4.50 a measure.

SCHOOL PRESSURE: A new housing development at Threemiletown was given the go-ahead by West Lothian Council - but only on the condition that nobody under 50 would be allowed to buy one of the properties. The measure was to ease pressure on Linlithgow Academy.