Down memory lane...

Hunt on the chase

This week in 1894

FOX CHASE: There was a meeting of the Stirlingshire Hunt at the Star and Garter Hotel on Saturday last. The dogs were taken to Kinneil Woods, Bo’ness, where they soon put up a fox which took them by Flint’s Strip and Rousland before heading back to Kinneil Woods where it was lost.

JAILED: At the Burgh Court on Wednesday, appearing before Baillie McAlpine, Sarah Allan or Waterston pleaded guilty to being drunk and incapable in Linlithgow High Street the previous day and was sent to jail for 24 hours.

TEMPERANCE: In the Star of Grange Lodge on Sunday evening, an address was given by Rev George Sinclair on the Gospel Temperance in the Free Church.

FREE DINNERS: Bo’ness School Board provided free dinners at the Coffee House to a large number of poor children attending the various schools.

SOIREE: The annual soiree in conjunction with the Established Church Sunday School, Torphichen, was held on the evening of Thursday last in the Public School.

Cut coal consumption

This week in 1944

COAL CUTBACKS: The Ministry of Fuel and Power intimated that families would be restricted to 5cwt of coal per week in a bid to safeguard supplies for military purposes but said it was not proposing rationing of fuel.

CLERKESSES TRAPPED: Two clerkesses were trapped in the front office ofThos. Ovens & Sons Chemical Works, Bo’ness, when building materials from an adjacent two-story building came crashing through the roof causing great damage. Injuries were restricted to cuts and bruises.

CONCERT PARTY: The villagers of Philpstoun turned out in numbers in support of the troops for a Forces Comfort Fund concert in the Institute Hall.

RAIL APPOINTMENT: L.N.E.R. announced the appointment of Mr Reginald Harris, sidings inspector at Manuel, station master at Blairhill and Gartsherrie.

BACK IN PULPIT: Home on leave from service, the Rev. A. M. Gibson, a naval chaplain, preached from the pulpit of St Andrew’s Church, Bo’ness, to a l arge congregation.

Trapped by blizzard

This week in 1984

SKI ORDEAL: A group of Linlithgow school children were trapped in a blizzard near Drumochter in the Highlands as they returned from a ski trip. They were none the worse for their ordeal, despite having to spend a night cooped up in their mini-bus.

PUBLIC INQUIRY: It seemed probable that a public inquiry would be held into the projected Queensferry superstore application. Walco Developments (Edinburgh) had local support for the scheme but planners had reservations so the inquiry seemed likely.

BOWING OUT: Queensferry Provost Jimmy Milne (72) had revealed that he was quitting at the forthcoming election after 23 years representing the Burgh.

petition plea: Pupils at Dalmeny Primary School were planning to hand a petition to their local councillor in a bid to prevent the closure of the village school.

NEW Faces: Bosses at Linlithgow Rose promised new faces to strengthen the squad following the club’s disappointing third round exit from the Scottish Junior Cup.

Move station plea

This week in 2004

PARKING problems: Community councillors in Linlithgow called on West Lothian Council to get behind a new strategy to ease car parking problems in the town – and suggested moving the railway station out of town as a way forward.

MODERATOR IN TOWN: Bo’ness Churches were getting ready to greet the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev. Professor Iain Torrance who was due in town that week.

FOOTBALL FEES: Footballers in Queensferry and Kirkliston kicked off the New Year celebrating a cut-price deal at local leisure centres which could save them money for up to six months.

FIRE ALERT: A dud smoke alarm in a Bo’ness home could have led to tragedy firefighters said. Luckily the fire was contained and little damage was done, according to a fire service spokesman.

THRILLING DRAW: Bo’ness United faced a tough replay with Glenafton in the Scottish Junior Cup in New Cumnock after they were held to a draw at Newtown Park.