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April 13


COUNTY COUNCIL: Notice was given to the council in respect of pollution of the River Avon. This matter was remitted to the appropriate sub-committee of the Linlithgow District Committee for consideration.

REPORT: The Burgh sanitary inspector reported for the quarter ending March 31, 1895, 30 cases of infection diseases including 16 of scarlet fever and two of typhus.

HOLIDAY: Monday was observed as the statutory spring holiday under the Factories and Workshops Act. The weather in the morning was generally excellent but it became cold and dull as the day wore on. Some 350 people booked with the NB Railway for excursions to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

PARISH COUNCIL: A provisional meeting was held on Thursday of the Kirkliston Parish Council and a chairman was elected.

April 13


THANKS: The wife and parents of Flight Lieutenant David Oliver of Bo’ness thanked friends, family and neighbours for their good wishes at the news he was safe but in hospital in South Wales.

GROCER: Robert Percy Murdoch, Dean Road, applied for the transfer of the grocer’s certificate held for 40 years by James Campbell at 66 South Street to himself. The transfer was approved.

TAVERN: The annual meeting of the Bo’ness Licensing Board was convened in the Burgh Court rooom on Monday, Baillie Bell presiding. The meeting heard that there was formal notice that the Railway Tavern, 66 North Street, had closed in November 1944, voluntarily and for good.

FIRE: The Star Theatre, Bo’ness, was destroyed by fire in the early hours of last Saturday.

April 14


POLLS: Labour took control of West Lothian winning 15 seats opposed to 11 from the SNP. Local councillors voted in were Jimmy McGinley (SNP), Tom Kerr (Conservative) and Eddie Malcolm (SNP). In Queensferry, SNP’s Bill Hardie lost out to Labour’s Charles Booth.

SHOP CLOSURE: Linlithgow supermarket Presto was set to close at the end of the month. The store’s parent company Safeway said the decision was made due to the property being a lease-hold but it is also believed a lack of nearby parking spaces was to blame.

TOO BRIGHT: Morrison’s bookmakers in Linlithgow’s High Street was told by West Lothian District Council that it must change the bright red paintwork on the exterior of its building.

April 8


BRIDGE REPAIRS: Delays were being expected on the Forth Road Bridge for the next three months as work began to monitor the condition of the bridge’s main cables. There will be a contraflow at weekends.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: It may be a small school with only 50 pupils but Winchburgh Primary raised almost £1700 for the Tsunami Appeal.

DINNER: A sportman’s dinner staged in Queensferry raised almost £7000. Guests speakers were Hearts football legend Dave MacKay and former Hibs keeper Alan Rough.

RETIRAL: Long-serving Gazette receptionist Moira Lockhart retired this week after serving with the company for 24 years.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Bo’ness United went top of the Super League after beating Arniston Rangers.