Down memory lane...

A look through the Journal and Gazette’s archives

This week in 1894

Miners fined

MINERS FINED FOR ATTACK: Two miners who launched an unprovoked attack were fined this week. John Divine and Peter Taylor were charged with the attack on William and Janet Moffat on Hogmanay. Sheriff Melville heard evidence at Linlithgow Sheriff Court that there was no reason for the attack. The accused pair had been celebrating bringing in the New Year, whereupon they walked into the residence of the Moffat’s. It was then alleged that they carried out a serious assault, beating the Moffats with their fists, subsequently knocking out several of Mrs Moffat’s teeth. The Fiscal stated that she was then confined to bed for some time as a result of the assault. The Sheriff imposed a fine of £2 on each accused with an alternative of three weeks imprisonment.

FIRE IN STABLE LOFT: A fire broke out in a stable loft at High Manuel. Messages summoning assistance were sent to Linlithgow where the fire alarm was then raised by the Burgh Officer. Firemen turned out to attend the blaze, but on arrival found that it had been contained.

This week in 1944

Golden wedding

CELEBRATION DAY: Mr and Mrs Thomas Henderson of Newtown celebrated their Golden wedding at home in Cadzow Avenue. They were attended by a large family gathering at which they were presented with a wallet containing Treasury notes. The couple have lived all their lives in Bo’ness. Thomas was a member of the second 11 of Bo’ness Football Club where he played a half back position. He was then promoted to the first team who carried off the honours in the East of Scotland FA competition. He then signed for Greenock Morton as a centre half and saw them climb to the first division. He returned to Bo’ness to finish his career which ended in a spectacular foul tackle which saw Thomas being stretchered off with what turned out to be a broken leg. He never played again.

POW’S ARE WELL: Two Bo’ness based POW’s have sent letters home advising loved ones that they are fit and well.Corporal WM Wallace and chief engineer John Ellis are interned in Japanese camps but have so far been treated well.

This week in 1984

Couple saved

NARROW ESCAPE: David and Jean Arundel of Moray Drive, Linlithgow narrowly escaped a house blaze thanks to the actions of a mystery hero. The couple had been sitting in their living room and were completely unaware that a fire had started in the kitchen. When Mr Arundel went to the door, the mystery caller had left, but this alerted him to the blaze. The fire was so severe that it completely gutted the kitchen of the house.

bo’ness clergyman: The Rev Brian Anderson defied a suspension from the United Free Church Presybtery for a period of six months by taking to the pulpit again. The Rev Anderson who preached at the Craigmailen UFC was suspended earlier this year. Despite attempts by the Journal and Gazette we have been unable to ascertain the reasons for the original suspension.

TREE TRASHED: A Christmas tree located at Linlithgow Bridge has been vandalised yet again, despite having just been repaired by council officials. The community council has called for witnesses.

This week in 2004

Mains Burn anger

CRUNCH TALKS: A meeting has been arranged to discuss the flood of complaints received over the new Mains Burn flood prevention scheme, which has been beset with problems. Talks are due to take place over the £1.5 million scheme which was designed to prevent the flooding at Mains Maltings and Braehead, when houses were flooded twice in a two-year period.

NEW YEAR HONOURS: Two locals have been honoured by the Queen for their services to education. Joyce Gilmour, an Edinburgh headteacher, but originally from Linlithgow, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours list. Joyce revelled in revealing to all that she was a genuine Black Bitch. Eric Ross, a school janitor from Grange Primary School was also awarded an MBE. Eric, who was born in Broxburn but has worked at Grange Primary for 20 years was thrilled with his award.

LOONY DOOK: More than 200 people braved the icy waters of the Forth on New Year’s day as they took part in the 17th annual ‘Loony Dook’.