Down memory lane

From our files of November 29, 1912

DEVASTATING winds and flooding caused £6000 of damage to Rosyth dockyard. Strong winds also caused a gas-lamp lighting barge to break loose and career into one of the piers of the Forth Bridge. Steamers were in danger of breaking through the barricades on North Street.

A GIRL (4) was tragically killed when getting ready for school in her home in Winchburgh. The storm light in young Liz McCabe’s bedroom was knocked over and started a fatal fire. She later died of her injuries in hospital.

DOMESTIC staff are being lured to Australia. Cooks and housemaids could expect to earn between £25 and £52 per year and had to pay their own fare of £1 and three shillings after government subsidy.

From our files of December 1, 1972

LINLITHGOW Rugby Club could be without a home next year as West Lothian County Cricket Club have decided that rugby is cutting up their Boghall pitch too much.

ONE of Linlithgow’s most respected figures, George Beattie, died this week. He was a teacher for nearly 50 years in West Lothian, a Scoutmaster, a town Bailie and an elder at St Michael’s Parish Church.

LINLITHGOW’S first Asian family from war-torn Uganda arrived in the town. They were housed in Braehead.

MIXED fortunes for the Rose and Bo’ness in the Brown Cup this week. The Rose beat Musselburgh 4-nil while the BUs lost to Newtongrange.

From our files of November 29, 2002

LINLITHGOW Academy featured in Scotland’s highest achieving schools list when it was placed 16th in the table for pupils who achieve three or more Highers.

A BO’NESS travel consultant pledged to strip down to his boxers to serve customers at Sibbald Travel in aid of the charity, Whizz Kids.

FIREFIGHTERS in Queensferry vowed they would break through picket lines to fight any blaze in the local community.

ON the eve of the Scottish Junior Cup, the Rose and Bo’ness both dropped points in the Super League. The Rose lost 4-2 to Glenrothes while the BUs drew at Newtongrange.