Down Memory Lane...

Town crier wages

On this day in 1913

Town crier in wage increase: Samuel Weir, the town crier and lamplighter for Linlithgow since 1907, applied for a wage increase from the council. He said he had more work to do now than when he started the job. Mr Main, the burgh surveyor, said he thought that the workload would have decreased following the installation of new gas burners. After a review the council agreed to increase Mr Weir’s wages by 2s per week.

press banned from meeting: Members of the press were ejected from a meeting of the West Lothian Agricultural Society held in the Star and Garter Hotel, Linlithgow. The chairman, Mr W M Inches JP , laid a motion before the members present that representatives of the press be excluded. After a vote, the motion was unanimously carried.

canal dangers alleged: A claim was made today by Councillor MacDonald that the lamp at Cadgers Brae was dangerous. He suggested that a blind should be fitted to it to prevent people from mistakenly walking into the canal, further claiming, that in it’s present form it was very misleading to the public. The council agreed to look at the problem.

Tenants face evictions

On this day in 1963

South Queensferry tenants: Tenants in South Queensferry who are persistently in arrears with their rent payments were warned by the town council that they face eviction. It was claimed that a number of individuals were in arrears and that unless action was taken to rectify the situation immediately evictions could follow. The town clerk was issued with instructions by Provost Lawson to send out warning notices to the defaulters.

band founder dies: Danny Ure (56), one of the founders of Linlithgow Pipe Band has died suddenly after taking ill while visiting relatives in New Zealand.

ratepayers’ association: Linlithgow Ratepayers’ Association advised their committee meeting that they had written to the Secretary of State for Scotland expressing their concerns over Linlithgow rates. It was pointed out that an urgently needed housing development at West Port would place a further 1/3d on the rates bills.

new manager starts: Mr William Young (53), took over his duties as the new general manager of the Bo’ness Co-operative Society.

New sea cadets HQ

On this day in 1983

SEA CADETS: South Queensferry Sea Cadets moved to their new accommodation at Flotilla House, South Queensferry. The building named TS Sandpiper was officially opened by Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland, Vice Admiral ‘Tubby’ Squires. The move now provides the cadets with a fully equipped base.

SNP ELECTION results: Alex Salmond was elected to the SNP’s national executive committee at a the party’s national council election held in Edinburgh. Mr Salmond’s nomination was fourth from a total of 10 to be returned.

PERMISSION REFUSED: West Lothian Council have again refused permission to pubs for extra hours opening. The establishments had requested permission to open during the “cleaning up” hours of 4pm-5pm. Several pubs had applied throughout Linlithgow and Bo’ness .

SUPERSTORE BATTLE: Residents in Queensferry are locked in a battle over a proposed new superstore at Ferrymuir. A petition in favour of the project containing a staggering 2610 signatures was presented to Edinburgh Council.

Clock renovations

On this day in 2003

clock renovation: Specialist firm, James Ritchie and Son (Clockmakers), from Edinburgh, were in Linlithgow to carry out repair and renovations to the Burgh Hall’s clocks. Workmen scaled the building and removed the hands and dials before taking the clock faces off. Concerns were raised however as the work proceeded in the face of gale force winds at the time.

firework sales: Shopkeepers in the Linlithgow and Bo’ness areas are being targeted in a new operation launched this week. Officers from trading standards, fire and police have joined forces to ensure that the 68 registered retailers are adhering to the law on sales.

BLOOD DONOR RECEIVES AWARD: Henry Snedden started donating blood in 1964 as a result of a friend being knocked down in a road accident, and who then needed a blood transfusion. Since then he has donated a remarkable 75 pints of life-saving blood products to the Blood Transfusion Service. His efforts were rewarded with a presentation of a Caithness glass paperweight by Provost Leslie Hinds at a ceremony in Edinburgh District Chambers.