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Journal and Gazette September 15

LYING DOWN: A man appeared at the Burgh Court in Linlithgow charged with obscuring a road. James Donighy was charged with lying down or sitting on the footpath of High Street, against Act of Parliament. Donighy pleaded guilty and was fined 5s or three days’ imprisonment.

DAY POACHING: A man appeared at Linlithgow Sherrif Court charged with day poaching. James Scott, a miner, pleaded not guilty stating that he was just out taking a walk and not poaching at Hillhouse Farm. He also stated he has never been a poacher. A fine of £1 18s was imposed or, alternatively , one month imprisonment.

TOWN CLOCK: It was time to appoint a new town clock-keeper in Linlithgow. The role, previously held by local watchmaker Mr Lunn, was expiring and was up for re-engagement.


Journal and Gazette September 15

COMING HOME: Bo’ness welcomed home Private Peter Donnelly of the Black Watch after he spent 18 months as POW in Italy and Germany. He was wounded in the Tunisian Campaign in 1943 before being taken to a prison camp.

HOUSE RAID: A house in Linlithgow was ransacked. Around £40 cash, £8 in savings stamps and several pounds in postal orders were stolen along with clothes, jewellery and clothing coupon books. The police were looking for two boys who had escaped from a Borstal in connection with the break in.

BLACKNESS RESCUE: A five year old boy was rescued from drowning. A youngster named Fleming, from Nosirrom Avenue, Blackness, was playing with another boy named Hamilton when he fell into the water and was carried away by the tide. Luckily, Flight Sergeant Douglas MacKenzie was on hand to help .


Journal and Gazette September 21

HOLIDAY NIGHTMARE: A Linlithgow woman was rushed to hospital whilst on holiday in Malaga, Spain. Isa Charleston fell ill midway through her holiday. She was treated in local hospital before she was flown home via air ambluance. .

STUCK SALMON: What was meant to be a quiet stroll for four Bo’ness school boys turned into something quite different. Things took a turn when the boys found a 7lbs salmon stuck in the mud. The boys managed to rescue the fish which was then sold on.

FERRY FLATS: Plans to build three blocks of flats at Scotstoun Avenue, Queensferry, were blocked. Queensferry district councillor Bill Hardie said that over-development of the site would be detrimental to the amenity of the area because of the height of the development.


Journal and Gazette September 17

BLUE BINS: Bo’ness residents received the news they would be getting blue recycling bins. Up to 10,000 properties were to be provided with blue ‘minimax’ bins as part on Falkirk Council’s recycling initiative.

IMPROVED SEWERS: A major programme to improve Linlithgow’s sewers kicked off. Around 1875km of sewers were to be relined, costing £276,000, to ensure against raw sewage leaks and seepage.

FOLK FESTIVAL: Linlithgow’s biggest ever folk festival took place. Around 1000 people desended upon Linlithgow for the 26 events hosted over four days. Everyone thought festival was a massive success with festival association chairwomanGrace McClure saying: “This years festival is by far the biggest success we’ve had.”