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Image: by contributed. Old Linlithgow Gala Day
Image: by contributed. Old Linlithgow Gala Day

Labour to contest

This week in 1913

CANDIDATES SOUGHT: West Lothian Labour Party has considered the advisability of runing a candidate for the local division at the next election. Delegates have unanimously agreed that Labour should contest the seat. Candidates wil ll now be sought ahead of another conference in three weeks time with a view to adoption.

BALL BOYS:At the Police Court on Monday, Thomas Meikle and John Brown, both young men, were charged with playing football in Hope Street, Bo’ness, to the annoyance of merchants there. Baillie Grant fined Meikle 2/6 and Brown, who had previous convictions, was fined 5/-.

unionist meeting: The annual general meeting of Bo’ness and Carriden Unionist Association was held in the clubrooms, Corbiehall, on Wednesday. Mr D. K. Harrower JP, Elmpark, presided over a very good attendance and moved a motion thanking Mr Kidd for his gallant efforts as a candidate for the association in the recent by-election.

AMATEURS’ HOUR: Bo’ness Amateurs and Distillery played each other at Drum Park on a windy day. Final score was 3-2 in favour of the Amateurs.

Flooding problems

This week in 1963

Canal problem: Linlithgow Town Council put the blame for the recent flooding at Braehead in Linlithgow on the Union Canal. The claim proper procedures were not put in place to prevent the canal from overflowing.

Forth visit: Eight German minesweepers arrived in the Forth this week and anchored at Port Edgar. The ships were part of the 4th minesweeper squadron of the Federal German Navy.

Lights out: During a regular blood donor session at Hopetoun Church Hall in Queensferrry, a thunder and lightning storm blacked out the premises for two and half hours. Emergency Tilley lamps, sourced from Hopetoun Estate, were brought in and ensured that donations continued to be given.

Cage Bird: The sixth annual Linlithgow and District Cage Bird Show saw over 1200 entries with Border canaries being the strongest section with over 430 birds being exhibited.

Football trial: Apprentice joiner Colin Stein (16) was on trial at Southampton. The Philpstoun lad played full back with Broxburn Strollers after leaving school.

Commuter praise

This week in 1983

RAIL Praise: Commuters in Linlithgow have been praised for using the town’s railway station. Plans are underway to modernise the station in 1984 and it is down to the fact that station is so ‘‘well used.’’

School closure: A decision to close Dalmeny Primary could be taken early next year but parents are set to fight proposals to close the 16-year-old school.

Rail fare: Scotrail was offering Christmas shoppers a reduced rail fare of just £1.40 return between Linlithgow and Edinburgh.

Dry area: Plans to open a new lounge bar in a ‘dry’ area of Queensferry has been met with stiff opposition from residents. The bar is to be situated at a former electrical showroom in the town’s Hopetoun Road.

Snooker blow: Proposals to create a snooker club in the former Ritz Cinema in Linlithgow were withdrawn this week.

Cup Defeat: Bo’ness crashed 5-1 to Bonnyrigg Rose in the final of the Highland Queen League Cup. The Rose were handed a draw against Baillieston while Bo’ness meet Kinnoul in the Scottish Junior Cup third round.

New plan for Bo’ness

This week in 2003

TOWN PLANNING: Ironside Farrar environmental consultants have lodged an ambitious bid for funding to transform Bo’ness town centre. After months of effort the company has submitted proposals to the Heritage Lottery Fund which could release millions of pounds.

NEW MINISTER: A minister from Canada has been selected to preach as sole nominee for the vacancy at St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow. The Rev Dr Stewart Gillan (45) from Toronto, is a minister with the Presbyterian Church.

TRIBUTE PAID: Tributes were paid this week to Bob Martin,a stalwart member of Linlithgow Players who was laid to rest at Kingscavil Cemetery.

un-fare: Bus services to Blackness came under scrutiny at a meeting of Bo’ness Community Council. June Malcolm of Blackness Community Council attended a meeting seeking assistance from her Bo’ness colleagues ina bid to improve bus services to the village.

winning ways: Bo’ness United defeated Penicuik 3-0 in a Fife and Lothians Cup tie with Linlithgow Rose winning 4-1 to defeat Haddington in the St Michael’s Cup.