Down Memory Lane

A look through the Journal and Gazette’s archives

This week in 1894

Chilly weather

icy weather: A severe frost caused problems for residents in Linlithgow with many suffering frozen water pipes. Those who tried to access water from the town well’s also found the Cross Well and St Michael’s frozen. But some did take advantage of the ice and took to the loch to skate and compete in curling matches.

New academy: The Longcroft School, at the east end of the town, had been altered to meeet the requirements of the town’s new academy. The new headmaster appointed was Alex Muir, former head at Hutchesons Grammar School in Glasgow.

Rainfall average: Rainfall statistics for the past year found that February was the wettest, with the monthly average of 4.42 inches, while the driest was April with 1.42 inches. The month of July was the fourth wettest month of the year.

Bo’ness trade: The Seaview Foundry posted a busy past year with many orders. The company employed around 200 workers and the weekly wage bill was £250.

This week in 1944

Killed in action

SOLDIER KILLED: Gunner John Fraser, of Linlithgow, was killed while serving with the A-A regiment in the Central Mediterranean theatre of war. He was a former employee at the Regent Factory.

HONOURS LIST: Queensferry man John McPhillips, a Quartermaster Sergeant with the Royal Engineers, received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services rendered in North Africa. Major R F Brebner, factor to the Earl of Rosebery at Dalmeny, also received a CBE for services to agriculture.

ESCAPED POW: Bo’ness soldier, Sergeant James Keeble, informed his parents this week that he was safe and well in Switzerland after escaping from a prisoner of war camp in Italy.

Letter Home: The paper received a letter from soldier Pte G Fleming, based in Gibralter, asking if he could inform family members that up to 10 local soldiers there were doing fine.

ANNIVERSARY: The Order of the Eastern Star St Michael Chapter No211 celebrated its 21st anniversary with a social.

This week in 1984

Jobs blow

job losses: Linlithgow was dealt a major jobs blow when G-P Inveresk Paper Corporation announced it was set to shed 29 jobs at its Lochmill plant.

SNOW CHAOS: Heavy snow showers over Central Scotland brought major problems to road users in the local area. And prior to the snow was torrential rain which saw pupils at Queensferry sent home due to flooding.

community centre: Discussions were held this week over proposals to set up a community centre in the heart of Linlithgow. Plans are already being proposed to convert the former Ritz Cinema into a community centre and church hall.

Staff Cuts: Staff at the Co-op in North Street in Bo’ness were given the ultimatum to change their hours to part-time or lose their jobs

No quitter: Rose manager Jimmy Crease said he would not quit as manager despite protests from fans after his side lost 3-1 to Baillieston in the Scottish Junior Cup third round. Bo’ness United moved into the fourth round with a 2-1 win over Kinnoull.

This week in 2004

New housing

HOUSING GO-AHEAD: West Lothian councillors gave the green light for Hart Builders to convert West Port School annexe in Linlithgow into flats.

MP decision: MP Tam Dalyell announced he would stand down from politics after a career spanning more than 40 years.

ACCOUNTANT’S RELOCATE: Linlithgow accountancy firm A9 Partnership was set to streamline its business and move from the town’s High Street to the former Abercorn School.

Cinema Facelift: Plans for a bumper £1.3 million facelift for the Hippodrome Cinema were rubber-stamped by Falkirk Council.

JUNIOR CUP: Bo’ness United were set to take on Glenafton in the Scottish Junior Cup fourth round at Newtown Park. The Rose faced an away trip to Renfrew.

FOOTBALLER QUITS: Linlithgow Rose player Iain Gallagher quit the team this week citing ‘personal reasons’. The 29-year-old decided to hang up his boots after not fully recovering from a torn cruciate ligament injury.