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Bo'ness Market Square 1910.
Bo'ness Market Square 1910.
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Liberal election win

On this day in 1913

LIBERAL VICTORY: People flocked to to the town on Saturday to hear the result of the parliamentary by-election which was revealed by Sheriff Macleod shortly after noon. It was revealed that the Liberal candidate, L Pratt had been elected with a majority of 521 votes.

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCING: The Saturday night dancing in the old town hall, Linlithgow, is still providing recreation for a great many of our young people during the winter months.

DEFECTIVE HOUSES: The sanitary inspector for Queensferry revealed to the town council that of 49 houses being in a defective condition 17 had been repaired leaving 32 to which no repairs had been done.

appointment of janitor: Linlithgow Parish School Board has unanimously agreed to the appointment of Colour Sergeant Milne as Academy janitor in place of Sergeant Lawton who has recently left to take up a similar position in Edinburgh.

NEW BAILIES: Messrs James Hogg and John Grant were unanimously re-appointed senior and junior magistrates respectively, and Bailie Grant was also re-elected Dean of Guild.

Telephone plea

On this day in 1963

TELEPHONE CALL: A strong plea for more public telephones in South Queensferry was made at a meeeting of the town council this week.

TABLE TENNIS WIN: The 2nd Bo’ness Company, The Boys’ Brigade table tennis team won their first round tie in the Stedfast National Competition when they travelled to Lanarkshire and beat the 4th Airdrie Company by nine games to nil.

LABOUR PARTY DRIVE: At the monthly meeting of the Linlithgow and District Labour Party held on November 10 the forthcoming membership drive was discussed. This will involved the widespread delivery of leaflets similar to the recent Whitburn recruitment drive.

NEW CATHOLIC PRIMARY: The new St Joseph’s RC Primary School at Braehead, Linlithgow, which replaces the old one at Low Port was formally opened on Monday by the Rev. Mgr. James Monaghan, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

FIREMAN HONOURED: William Anderson, was the guest of honour at a gathering in the West Port Hotel on Wednesday night to mark his having completed 20 years in the fire service.

Elderly under attack

On this day in 1983

TEEN VIOLENCE: Gangs of teenagers are making life a misery for pensioners in Linlithgow Bridge. Elderly residents have had their home bombarded by stones, eggs and earth during both daylight and at night.

School closureS: A report by Lothian Regional Council stated it could save up to £45,000 if it closed Dalmeny Primary. They council are also looking at closing Abercorn Primary and transferring children to Echline in Queensferry.

GRANTS FREEZE: Homeowners in Bo’ness looking to improve their properties could suffer after Falkirk Council announced it was set to freeze grants for housing repairs and improvements.

FAIR BAND: It may be eight months away but already Bo’ness Fair committee has secured a Norwegian school band to perform on the day.

WINNING WAYS: Linlithgow continued their winning ways with a 5-1 win over Ormiston Primrose in the league. The club have only suffered one defeat in their last 15 matches this season. Bo’ness struggled to overcome Musselburgh in a dour 
one-nil victory in the Roberston Homes Cup.

Housing bid rejected

On this day in 2003

HOUSING REJECTED: A last-ditch attempt by Miller Homes to reverse a council decision on new housing in Queensferry has failed. Miller Homes wanted to create a high rise apartment blocks on land at Ferrymuir Gait. The decision will now be made by the Scottish Executive.

Post office theft: Robbers made off with more than £10,000 when they held up Bridgend Post Office.

SKATEBOARD HOPES: A new skateboard park could be opened at Kettilstoun Mains in Linlithgow within a year. West Lothian Council has given £25,000 to the project while other cash grants are said to be forthcoming.

SCHOOL DELAY: Volatile steel prices on world markets were blamed for the delay in starting work on the new Deanburn Primary School after it was destroyed by fire in 2002. It was said contractors were experiencing difficultes in tendering the work due to fluctuating steel prices.

CUP WIN: Both Linlithgow and Bo’ness are through to the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup after convincing wins at the weekend. The Rose beat Buchanhaven Hearts 5-1 while the BUs beat Oakley United 4-1.