Down Memory Lane

Reservoir is ‘dry’

This week in 1913

WATER WOE: Again, the problem of Linlithgow’s water supply has come to the fore. Following the long drought Cockleroi reservoir is dry and the town is getting water from Bo’ness.

ROAD FEARS: The increase in road traffic through Linlithgow was causing concern to the authorities . They feared that vehicles with heavy loads would damage the road surface.

murder trial: The trial has begun at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh of a Winchburgh man accused of murdering two children whose bodies were recovered from Hopetoun Quarry.

yachting: As a finale to the season Culross and Bo’ness yachtsmen held a handicap race open to all boats on Saturday. Commodore was Provost Cunnigham of Culross.

OUT OF CUP: Bo’ness and Bathgate met at Newtown Park in the Qualifying Cup with Bathgate running out 2-1 winners.

RE-HOMED: Kirkliston Primary School pupils returned this week after the holidays but had to be re-housed as drain-laying had not been completed.

QUOITS: A quoiting match was played at Armadale Whippet Course on Saturday.

Petrol station bid

This week in 1963

GOING MOBIL: No objections have been received to the application by the Mobil Petroleum Company to erect a filling and service station on Echline Road, Queensferry.

ATTRACTING INDUSTRY: Bo’ness Town Council has decided to earmark the sum of £1000 per annum towards the cost of advertising to persuade industry to set up in the town.

BAKERs’ TRIBUTE: Five Bo’ness bakers, with a total of 275 years service to their union, were honoured at a special function in the Coffee House, Bo’ness, last Thursday evening.

MAIL BAG: The discovery of a mail bag on the foreshore near Blackness has been discounted as having any connection with the recent train robbery said police.

a ‘‘terrible offence’’: A Bo’ness woman who took her 12-year-old son with her on a shopping expedition ‘‘with the express intention of stealing’’ committed a ‘‘terrible offence’’ when she appeared at Bo’ness Police Court on Tuesday.

ROSE WIN THROUGH: It took a late, late goal from Linlithgow Rose to secure their place in the next round of the St. Michael’s Cup winning 4-3 to progress.

Railway’s royal visitor

This week in 1983

DUKE DROPS IN: HRH the Duke of Gloucester was in Bo’ness last Thursday. As well as visiting Bo’ness Library he paid a visit to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s Bo’ness operation.

YOUR HEALTH: Work will start next year on a £500,000 health centre for Linlithgow it was reported .

TOURISM BOOST: Central Regional Council wants a disused fireclay mine near Bo’ness to be re-opened as a tourist attraction. The regional council has applied to Falkirk District Council for consent.

DANGER ROAD: Lothian Regional Council is to investigate claims that Winchburgh Road near Kirkliston is a danger spot because drivers are speeding as they approach the village.

SUCCESS STORY: Despite a lower number of entrants this year, the 10th annual Across Scotland Canal Marathon has been deemed a success by organisers.

INJURY WOE: Top striker Jim Sinnet is doubtfull as Bo’ness prepare to face Bonnybridge in the semi-final of the Highland Queen Cup.

DOUBLE: Two-goal David Blaikie led Linlithgow Rose to victory over Tranent.

Burgh Halls facelift

This week in 2003

NEW LEASE OF LIFE: Linlithgow’s down-at-heel Burgh Halls were earmarked for a £2m renovation programme. Campaigners for the upgrading of the building were delighted with the decision to do the makeover, which was part of a £300m investment package for West Lothian. The council was setting aside £1m for the Halls’ redevelopment and restoration, with hopes high that the same amount would be raised via a lottery funding grant.

LIGHTS FANTASTIC: Community group Bonnie Bo’ness stepped in to save a piece of the town’s industrial heritage. A group member spotted iron lamp-posts in a refuse skip and persuaded the contractor to hand them over to the group rather than dump them. They were made by the long-defunct Bo’ness Iron Company and may be the last of their kind still working. The two lamp-posts, previously sited on Dock Street and Commissioner Street, have been re-located to Union Street.

cash poiint: One in four West Lothian workers is low paid, according to a report and earn less than two thirds of the average weekly wage of £280.