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Tragedy at colliery

This week in 1913

MINER KILLED: A West Calder miner died when part of the roof at Wilsontown Colliery collapsed.

ON COURSE: Dozens of people turned out to a public meeting to discuss plans to build a golf course in Linlithgow.

ACCUSED DIES: A man charged with assaulting a sheriff in Linlithgow died in Edinburgh city poorhouse, days before his trial.

FARM FIRE: A farmer in Winchburgh had a lucky escape when a blaze broke out in a stack of straw and spread to a nearby farm shed. Firemen attended with a horse-drawn appliance and put out the fire.

GAS EXPLOSION: A miner suffered burns to his face and a hand when his lamp ignited a pocket of gas at Bridgeness coal pit in Bo’ness and caused an explosion.

MAKE HAY: A man was sentenced to seven days in prison after he was found intoxicated in a hay shed in Bathgate where he had been living for weeks, unknown to the owner.

Poachers in court

This week in 1963

POACHERS FINED: Two poachers were fined £4 each at the sheriff court and had their fishing tackle forfeited after they admitted stealing 14 trout from the reservoir at Beecraigs, Linlithgow.

RATES RISE: Bo’ness Town Council fixed the rates for 1963/4 at 19/6 in the pound, a rise of 1/6 from last year.

DEVELOPMENT PLANS: An ambitious housing plan for the Mill Road area of Linlithgow was discussed by the County Housing Committee.

DEATH OF DIGNITARY: Local people were saddened to learn the Marchioness of Linlithgow had died, at the age of 45.

PLAY CENTRE: An application for a play centre for up to 20 children in Bo’ness was unanimously approved by the County Health Committee who described it as “a much needed community service.”

BOY INJURED: A six-year-old Queensferry boy was knocked unconscious when he fell from a bannister on to a concrete path outside his home.

Plan for superstore

This week in 1983

SUPERSTORE PLAN: An Edinburgh firm put forward plans to the council for a huge shopping and leisure development at Queensferry, including a supermarket, indoor bowling stadium and garden centre.

TARTAN TRIUMPH: The SNP’s Beth Eaglesham clinched victory in the Douglas ward by-election in Bo’ness, regaining the seat she lost to Labour.

ANNET HOUSE BID: Linlithgow Community Council were in talks this week with District Council to return Annet House, used as council offices, to its original purpose as a community centre.

BRANCH BACK KINNOCK: The Linlithgow and District Labour Party voted to back Neil Kinnock in his bid for the Party leadership.

FAIR TURNOUT: More than 300 Bo’ness people turned out to view an exhibition in the library of old photos, films and costumes of the area’s annual Fair Festival, going back to 1915, organised by the local Town Trust Association.

Vandals cause havoc

This week in 2003

SCHOOL SUFFERS: Bo’ness Academy was the victim of thugs who smashed 23 windows in the school, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

£16M CENTRE: Plans for a £16million civic centre at Livingston were given the go ahead as part of the council’s 
£300 million blueprint for West Lothian.

LIGHTS FANTASTIC: Three historic lamp posts have been relocated at Bo’ness Railway Station, after the Bonnie Bo’ness Group found them and persuaded a local firm to refurbish them rather than scrap them.

TYRES FURY: Fly tippers who dumped 100 tyres at the back of Clark Avenue in Linlithgow are being hunted by police.

PIPING HOT: Three generations of Bo’ness pipers celebrated success after they all came home with a medal from the 
prestigious European Piping Championships.