Down memory lane...

Miner badly injured

This year in 1894

miner hurt: A ‘‘dreadful accident’’ took place at a shale mine near Champfleurie this week, Pitman William McBrine was severely injured when he was caught in a collision between a wagon and a bench. He sustained serious injuries and could have been killed had the wagon not left the rails. He was taken by cart to the infirmary where he was treated for his wounds.

TRADING UP: While it was generally excepted that local trade has not been very good, it was ‘‘heartening’’ to note tha t the contruction trade had picked up with many ‘‘splendid blocks’’ being built in the larger towns of Linlithgow and Bo’ness. 
It was also noted in the review that the fact that the local economy depended much on the oil trade made prospects look better than for elsewhere.

MASONS CELEBRATE: The members of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland honoured the festival of St John earlier this week. After the usual ceremonies and the installation of office bearers, there was a torchlight oprocession which was accompanied by the Boys’ Brigade playing a number of airs. They then marched round the village.

‘‘Efficient’’ NHS

This year in 1964

HEALTHY WEST LOTHIAN: An annual NHS report showed that the service provided locally ‘has long been one of the most comprehensive and efficient of any local authority in Scotland’’. Birth rates were up while incidences of cancer and blood disease were down on figures for previous years.

SOUPER EVENING: The senior citizens of Linlithgow packed the North Burgh Hall last Friday and enjoyed one of the best dinners and concerts that the Town Council have provided since the annual treats were instituted. For dinner, purveyed by the Golden Cross cafe, guests had the choice of three meat courses, two sweets and either tea or coffee. The concert which followed contained never a dull moment.

sweet gesture: The employees of the Bo’ness factory of Paton and Baldwin’s began making, selling and buying toffee apples and tablet just a few weeks before the festive season. A total of £37 and 10 shillings was realised and as a result, 66 local pensioners received the pleasant suprise of a free bag of coal. With the remaining cash, a surprise parcel went to the old folks of Eastmount, The Gazette said ‘‘well done ladies.’’

School axe threat

This year in 1984

action group: Angry parents have former an action group to prevent the proposed closure of their children’s school. The mothers and fathers of Dalmeny Primary youngsters are furious with Lothian Regional Council for threatening to shut the school down. In a special report carried out by the local authority, they outline plans for a restructuring of primary education in Queensferry. Dalmeny parents have reacted angrily to the proposals and they held a public meeting to voice their opposition.

BOOOST FOR TOWN:Planners unveiled a blueprint which shows what the new £1m outdoor and community centre at the Low Port in Linlithgow will look like. The centre is designed to cater for three requirements - outdoor activities associated with Linlithgow Loch, residential accommodation for outdoor and general education purposes and community education.

NOT A DUMP: Philpstoun won’t become the site for a district rubbish dump for at least 10 years. And the people of the area will be consulted before work commences on transforming the local bing into a tip, if it goes ahead.

Ferry hit by crime

This year in 2004

firms hit in raids: After several months of relative quiet on the crime front in Queensferry, two local businessses were the targets of daring raids over the last week. Police appealed for information relating to a break-in at Scotmid on The Loan, which saw £3500 worth of cigarettes stolen. Then overnight on Tuesday, criminals targeted the Hawes Inn, making off with a quantity of wine.

marquee misery: This year’s civic festival in Linlithgow, which climaxes with the Riding of the Marches, is in jeopardy due to rising costs.
A company has increased the costs of the hire of a marquee - the entertainment centrepiece in the build-up to the town’s big day. A spokeman for the organisers said the costs were becoming prohibitive and ‘‘things were not looking good’’.

tour de force: Tourist Board chiefs have l;aunched a massive marketing campaign to woo visitors to Bo’ness. Attractions such as the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and the Birkhill Fireclay Mine are to be highlighted in the drive. The scheme includes the production of a special brochure to be published during the traditional holiday booking period.