Down memory lane

Bombing attack fails

This week in 1913

EXPLOSION: A failed midnight attack intended to blow up a wall at Leith Docks left the wall intact but part of the adjacent footpath was ripped out. Explosives and other bomb-making substances were found at the site.

strike shortage over: Turnover of pitwood is picking up after a shortage caused by a recent strike by workers at the woodyards.

BOOTS AND CURTAINS: Broxburn Co-op got the go ahead to convert a dwelling house in Winchburgh into a drapery and boot shop.

TEE OFF: Hyam’s in Edinburgh has a sale of golf jackets reduced from 13s and 6d to 9/11.

scaffolding accident: Labourer James Mann from Bo’ness slipped and fell from scaffolding during the erection of a new storey to the premises of Dykes and Rose, High Street, Linlithgow. He was stretchered unconscious to his employer’s house, contractor Mr Grant and medical help was summoned. No bones were broken but he suffered shock and a severe gash to the head.

NO EGGS: Ratho farmers reported hens and other fowl missing at the weekend.

Firms lose out in plan

This week in 1963

WEATHERMAN: Mr William Gray, wellknown weather forecaster, died suddenly aged 66. Known as The Weather Prophet, he was called upon also by organisers of fetes and other outdoor activities as well as businesses such as painters and roadworkers whose work was mainly outdoors. They would send the Linlithgow teacher key calendar dates and relied heavily on his predictions, which were renowned for their uncanny accuracy.

WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS: Linlithgow, Bo’ness and South Queensferry lost out in a new development plan for Central Scotland which covers the South of the County. Under the new plan, businesses would receive financial help of 10 per cent of the cost of buying new plant and machinery and 25 per cent of the cost of newbuild or extending existing premises. There are also tax benefits and grants for sprucing up derelict buildings.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Bo’ness Co-op were advertising a sale on school uniforms. Blazers were 42s and 6d; short trousers at 27s and 6d; and girls skirts at 40s and 6d. Ties were 2s and 9d and caps 5s and 11d.

Jobs go at firm

This week in 1983

JOBS GO: 29 of the 49 workers at Anchor Construction, Bo’ness were given redundancy notices this week, after the firm called in the receivers.

ANGRY MP: An irate MP Tam Dalyell has hit out at a ‘disgraceful’ decision to give a lucrative contract to an overseas firm, depriving West Lothian of a £1million pound contract involving 100 trucks for Falklands Airport.

bb exhibition: An exhibition to mark the centenary of the Boys Brigade was installed at Cross House. The display includes a commemorative mug and plate from the international camp held at Eton in 1954.

lovely lavvy: In a letter to the editor, a Bridgend resident praised the gents public loo as ‘the cleanest and most presentable I have ever had the fortune to use’.

CHARITY RUN: Linlithgow jogger Mike Tomlin (23) is running his first ever marathon in aid of Newsline, the talking newspaper for the blind.

BANGOUR HOSPITAL: Transport problems are causing real issues for out-patients, with those in Linlithgow and Bo’ness particularly affected. A survey found appointments were being missed as a result.

Internet switched on

This week in 2003

BROADBAND: The village was turned on to fast internet connection via British Telecom for the first time.

pick-up win: A minibus company director answered a telephone call-in question and was rewarded by winning a sporty Proton Jumbuck, the first in the country, which was shipped over from Malaysia prior to its official launch later in the year.

VANDALISM: A memorial bench at The Peel dedicated to Linda Paton was vandalised and planks ripped out from its seat. Councillor Tom Kerr described the act as ‘mindless vandalism’.

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: Bands Quern and the Black Bitch band flew off to play at Russia’s International Festival of Scottish Culture while drummer Ryan Forrest returned to his hometown Linlithgow after gigging with top artistes including Finley Quaye, Spooks and Lewis Taylor. Ryan has appeared on Top of the Pops, Later with Jools Holland and MTV.

JOINT AWARD: Winchburgh boys Christopher Ritchie and Ben Frater, both 14, were named Person of the Year as joint awardwinners for their martial arts prowess.