Down memory lane

Bonsyde Hotel, image courtesy of Bruce Jamieson
Bonsyde Hotel, image courtesy of Bruce Jamieson

A wee peek of the Gazette archives

POLLING: Polling takes place today (Saturday) for election to Bo’ness School Board. There are 12 candidates for nine seats on the board.

NAVAL FUNERAL: A funeral was held on Monday for !st Class Boy, Alexander Johnston (17) of the Forth training ship. His remains were buried in Queensfery churchyard.

THEFT: At Linlithgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday in front of Hon. Sheriff Substitute Gilkson, James Middlemiss pleaded guilty to stealing horse tack from the stables at Oatridge. The accused was fined five shillings with the alternative of four hours imprisonment.

COLLISON: James Watson was found guilty at Linlithgow Sheriff Court of driving a horse and gig furiously on the public road and coming into collision with a coach. He was fined 10 shillings.

DAY OFF: Staff at Tesco, Bo’ness, have been told that they are now free to enjoy the Children’s Fair on June 30. Staff had been angered to learn their Linlithgow colleagues would get the day off for the Marches. Bosses changed their minds after an approach from the Journal and Gazette.

BIG NUMBER: 400 runners took part in the Forth Bridges half marathon despite biting winds on Sunday. Terry Mitchell of Fife AC was first over the finishing line.

HOLIDAY HOMES: Councillors gave approval to three holiday chalets at Birkhhill near despite the advice of planning and roads officials.

SHOOT: Former Hearts striker Donald Ford is now carving out a career as a professional photographer.

VACANCY: It was advertised that there is a vacancy for a sales assistant at Murdoch’s Fish Restaurant, Register Street, Bo’ness, The applicant must also be able to make ice cream.

MEETING: A meeting has been called to consider the formation of a branch of the Royal British Legion in Bo’ness, in Bo’ness Academy on April 22. It will be chaired by Col H. M.Cadell.

HOME AGAIN: Private William Beaumont was a welcome visitor to his parents’ home in Dean Road. The Argyll & Sutherland Highlander had been held in a POW camp for five years having been captured during the battle for the Somme.

CRICKET: The 1945 cricket season will open on April 28 for West Lothian County Cricket Club with an away fixture with Watsonians at Myreside.

EXPANSION: A blueprint for Winchburgh has revealed that it will be a ‘‘hot spot’’ for growth over the next 10 years. Thousands of new homes, a railway station and a new primary school are all envisaged.

VANDALISM: Nearly half the crimes reported in Linlithgow are of vandalism said Inspector Hugh Murphy of Lothian and Borders Police. Of 182 reported crimes since the start of the year, 70 were vandalisms.

SILT: Contaminated silt in Bo’ness dock has given foreshore developers ING a massive headache as it will be extremely costly to remove.

CUP WIN: Kevin Thomas was the Bo’ness United hero, coming off the bench to score twice, in a cup tie where BU beat Arniston 2-0.