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A peek into the Journal and Gazette archives

Steamed up

This week in 1894

FIRST CLASS: A First Class cabin aboard a steamship travelling from Leith to London was advertised on the front page for 34 shillings return. Soldiers and sailors could travel on deck for 10 shillings.

ADVICE: Some household advice for readers: “After carpets are tacked down they should be carefully swept, then gone over with a stiff scrubbing brush dipped in naptha” and “It is better to bottle gooseberries whole for winter use rather than to turn them into jam’’.

tender feet: “There are several ways in which suffering caused by tender feet can be lessened, if not entirely got rid of. The boots and shoes for summer wear should be half a size largr than those worn during the winter. Shoes are generally considered more comfortable than boots and should certainly be adopted, if possible, in the summer.”

SCHOOL BOARD: A meeting of Muiravonside Parish School Board was held . The School Board Officer reported the attendance since the last meeting: Blackbraes School’s average attendance was 265 out of 331 pupils on the roll. Drumbowie School had an average of 361 who went to classes .

Attractive shores

This week in 1944

VISITORS: News came of visitors to Bo’ness who arrived by bus the previous week from London, Portsmouth and Halifax. While the majority were visiting distant relatives and friends, one young woman had never been to Scotland before but had accompanied friends ‘on a week’s holiday jaunt to these attractive shores’.

EMIGRATING: Mrs Jean Hardie Stewart, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs John Watt of Grange Knowe, was reported to be leaving shortly for 
India to take up an appointment with the Broadcasting Section of the Far East Bureau of the Ministry of Information.

GOOD SHOW: There had been a good cricket match at Boghall the previous week when West Lothian County played West of Scotland Wanderers. The county ‘put up a good show and well deserved their victory’ on a good ‘easy-paced’ wicket. Alex Smart was reported to play ‘good, sound cricket’.

DANCE NIGHT: Late night dancing was advertised at the Chalmers Hall on Saturday night from 8pm to 12pm, to the sounds of George Burt and his band.

Sinnet scores

This week in 1984

DERBY WIN FOR BU: In the Highland Queen League Cup, Bo’ness United defeated Linlithgow in a local derby with a single goal by Jim Sinnet with just 16 minutes to go. This was the latest in a long run of wins against their rivals for United.

HALL PLAN: Linlithgow was looking forward to a new community centre after a campaign lasting 10 years. The building earmarked for the project was the former Ritz Cinema, formerly known as Victoria Halls, which had come on the market earlier that year.

FORTH SWIM: Bo’ness Ju-Jitsu expert Ken Wright was photographed arriving at Bo’ness at the end of his sponsored swim across the Forth.
This was a bit of a surprise to Ken as he had been aiming for Blackness but the strong tides had blown him off course at the end of his swim which started in Charlestown. All he had to do, however, was walk the 100 yards down the coast to Blackness Boat Club. He was raising funds for the ju-jitsu club to travel to the World Championships in Canada.

Hospital role

This week in 2004

HOSPITAL: The lead story was about Bo’ness Hospital confirming its importance to the revamped Forth Valley Health Service. NHS Board officials told a public meeting that community hospitals like it were vital to their new strategy.

KAYAK: Also on the front page Linlithgow man Alistair Marshall was to be seen kayaking in Mains Park.

BRIDGE CELEBRATION: Leaflets were being prepared for the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Road Bridge. The community council had worked with West Edinburgh Local Development Committee to organise a number of events to mark the occasion.

HORSE SENSE: Prominent punter Robin Cook, the former Foreign Secretary and leader of the House of Commons, said that he thought the plan to create an equestrian centre of excellence at Oatridge College was a sure-fire winner.

INJURED: Linlithgow Rose fans were stunned to learn that Mark Miller might miss the first four weeks of the football season with a broken bone in his foot. Bo’ness United, meanwhile, were gearing up for a testing league clash with Tayport.