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Earl’s birthday

This week in 1913

EARL’S BIRTHDAY: The Earl of Rosebery celebrates his sixty-sixth birthday this week. Some months before he came of age in 1868, there was talk among the most prominent Mid-Lothian Liberals of running the promising young nobleman, then Lord Dalmeney. But, as fate would have it, Lord Dalmeny’s aged grandfather, the fourth Earl, died in March that year and his successor, now the fifth Earl of Rosebery, was, of course, ineligible to sit in the Commons.

WOODYARD FIRE: An outbreak of fire occurred on Monday morning in the woodyard and sawmills at Kinneil. While the damage is not great, the fire was the means of throwing idle, about 60 hands employed at the sawmills.

STRIKE: McNay’s Pottery in Bo’ness brought in three men from Staffordshire in and attempt to break the strike at the Bridgeness Pottery. Not surprisingly, the Englishmen met with an unfavourable response on arriving in Bo’ness.

DOON THE WATTER: The Hopetoun tent of Rechabites proposes a day trip to Rothesay on June 21.

Bound for USA

This week in 1963

USA BOUND: Well-known Winchburgh man Alex Sommerville emigrated to Chicago on Sunday. Mr Sommerville’s wife, Betty, and their three children will be following him in a year’s time after he has found a home for them there. Mr Sommerville, who has a job awaiting him in the steel foundry, used to work in the Manuel Clay Mine.

BIG BU WIN: What a tonic Bo’ness United gave their supporters at Newtown Park last Thursday evening, inflicting a tremendous 8-1 defeat on the luckless Whitburn Juniors with some of the best attacking football they have played for seasons.

GARAGE OPENS: A great necessity in the town of Linlithgow was fulfilled this week with the opening of a new garage on the east side of the town by Falkirk firm of John M. Miller Ltd.

BOWLERS IN ACTION: Philpstoun Bowling Club season was opened when Mr W. Smith, president, welcomed members and invited Mr William Allan to throw the first jack of the season. Heavy rain later curtailed play for the day.

Riders’ protest

This week in 1988

ANGERED: Horse riders are up in arms after being told a registered right of way in Winchhburgh is out of bounds. Steps have been built into a diverted right of way at Niddry Castle which is undergoing renovation - and it s now unsuitable for horses.

FLAT RATE: A £150,000 refurbishment for Scotmid properties in South Street, Bo’ness, has been warmly welcomed. Work should start within weeks if planning permission is granted.

NEW BOAT: Broadcaster and journalist Magnus Magnusson visited Queensferry this week to launch a new ‘‘Maid of the Forth’’ which will take tourists out to Inchcolm in greater comfort.

SCHOOL SHOCK: Linlithgow Community Council was amongst those organisations critical of the condition of Linlithgow Primary School. The Preston Road school’s parent-teacher association was also voicing its concern. A projected refurbishment has run over schedule and cash cannot be found to complete the scheme.

Grenade found

This week in 2003

GRENADE: Bomb disposal experts were called in to make safe a hand grenade surrendered to Bo’ness police under a nationwide arms amnesty. A 68-year-old man walked into the Commissioner Street police station one day last week and handed over the World War II vintage grenade. It was later found that the explosive charge had been removed.

WHEELIE BINS: Residents in Linlithgow will be getting to grips with several wheelie bins this week. But others will be left with only one to consider, because they have been left out of the three bin scheme of brown, black and blue.

PLAY ON words: Barony Players in Bo’ness were this week celebrating the success of their latest production ‘‘A Fly in the Ointment’’, a tail of infidelity and blackmail with plenty of slapstick humour too.

A&E FEARS: Mary Mulligan and Lothian Health Board this week denied national newspaper claims that the accident and emergency service at St John’s Hospital was to close at nights.