From our files

From our files of January 3, 1913

NEWS reached Linlithgow of the tragic death of popular horse trainer and jockey Jack Edward Woodcock, nephew of Thomas Woodcock of the Star and Garter Hotel. Despite being thrown from his horse during a race, the jockey remounted and rode him to victory, winnning the race
before fainting at the finishing post.

Meccano was advertised as the ideal Christmas gift with the slogan: “the new toy for boys” and selling for between three shillings and £10.

Miss B S Robertson, diplomee of the Glasgow School of Cookery, was invited by Brown & Polson to give a series of free cooking lessons in Baird Memorial Hall.

From our files of January 3, 1963

AN Uphall shopkeeper was conned out of £50 after doing a deal on a box of cigarettes. After handing over the cash, he was left with a worthless box filled with sawdust. Five men later appeared in Linlithgow Sheriff Court charged with fraud.

THE story of deaf, mute, blind Helen Keller, The Miracle Worker, takes to the screen at Bo’ness Hippodrome starring Betty Duke, with Anne Bancroft playing the mentor who coached her through her isolation to become a renowned campaigner and lecturer. Also showing: Escape from Zahrain, The Durant Affair and Imitation of Life.

From our files of January 3, 2003

REPORTS that the body of a Bo’ness man was found on a railway line on the main Edinburgh/Glasgow route near Linlithgow station on Christmas day. While a transport police spokesman confirmed the man’s injuries were consistent with being hit by a train, no driver reported hitting anything suspicious prior to the discovery, and a procurator fiscal report said there were no suspicous circumstances. The man’s family requested anonymity.

EDINBURGH West MP John Barrett and his wife began a week of frugal living, surviving only on Red Cross rations to highlight the plight of millions of Africans facing poverty and famine.