Down memory lane

A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives

March 9

PROPERTY SALE: Two properties at Royal Terrace and Cadger’s Road were being offered at a public roup at the Star and Garter Hotel for the upset price of £1300 for the lot.

SOUP KITCHEN: Due to the recent severe weather, the poor in Queensferry were set to benefit from an arrangement whereby they received coal and a daily provision of soup from a temporary soup kitchen in the village.

CARTER FINED: A Linlithgow carter was fined £1 at the Burgh Court for allowing his dog to roam freely behind his cart on the public road between Bridgend and Threemiletown.

BOARDERS WELCOME: The Rev Stavert, a Queensferry minister, was offering his educational services to prepare young men for going to public school. He charged pupils £10 per term.

March 9

JUVENILE COURT: Bo’ness youngsters, aged eight and 10, vandalised graves at Bo’ness Cemetery during the mid-term break. Appearing at the Juvenile Court, Bailie Aitken ordered the parents to pay £5 surety to ensure the children did not get into any trouble over the coming 12 months.

REGENT CENTRE: The future of the munitions factory in Linlithgow post-war was under discussion by members of Linlithgow Town Council. This followed Minister of Aircraft Production Sir Stafford Cripps stating a possible munitions factory could be sited in a south-east of Scotland town.

ENTERTAINED: Around 30 injured soldiers who have been recuperating at Wallhouse, Torphichen, were entertained by employees of SMT in Linlithgow.

March 10

COUNCIL TAX: Lothian Regional Council voted to freeze Council Tax bills but European regulations have forced an increase in water services at around £14 per household. Those living in Queensferry will pay a combined total of £673 on Band D while Central region households will pay just £594.

MIRACLE ESCAPE: A Bo’ness schoolboy narrowly escaped death as he walked to Kinneil Primary when a lorry carrying 24 tonnes of steel tubing shed its load on Dean Road. He escaped with a bruised toe.

PLANTING GRANT: Linlithgow Rose received a grant from Councillor Jimmy McGinley to plant 129 cypress trees at Prestonfield Stadium. He also handed over 20 free sessions for the new synthetic football pitch at Kettilstoun Mains.

March 11

DOWNLOAD SWOOP: A Linlithgow woman was one of 54 music fans caught by music industry investigators in the latest crackdown on pirates who illegally download songs. The British Phonographic Industry said 23 music fans had paid up to £4500 each in a series of settlements.

LEAGUE DEFEAT: Linlithgow’s chances of retaining the Super League title took a major blow as they lost to Glenrothes and slumped to their second successive defeat. The Rose sit eight points behind leaders Lochee United in fifth position with a game in hand. Bo’ness were in second place.

POLICE BOOST: Residents in Queensferry were set to benefit from a ‘round the clock’ presence in the town as from May.