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Horse bolts in street

This week in 1963

HORSE BOLTS: There was chaos on Linlithgow High Street when a pony took fright and bolted. The horse had been tied up outside the Red Lion Inn when it broke free and galloped down the street. The horse was eventually caught near the railway bridge. Despite the high number of people on the street at the time, there were no injuries.

GOLDEN WEDDING: Mr and Mrs John McGregorn, were celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary. There was a double celebration for the happy couple, as on the same day they were joyous over the birth of their 10th grandchild.

FACTORY FIRE: The old boot factory on Dogwell Wynd fell victim to a fire. How the fire originated was unknown, but it was predicted that it had been smouldering from the previous night. The people in adjoining buildings left their homes and the fire brigade arrived promptly to tackle the blaze.

WATER SUPPLY: Improvements to the districts water supply were discussed at a meeting in Linlithgow. After debate it was agreed that £1000 would be used to help improve a trench and the water supply.

Boy hit by van

This week in 1963

BOY HIT: A Bo’ness boy was struck by an ice cream van as he crossed North Street. Four-year-old Ian Christie, of Market Square, suffered a fractured skull, severe bruising to the right side of his head and cuts to the side of his face.

LONG SERVICE: A Bo’ness man retired after completing 57 years of service, with the same firm. At the age of 72, on retirement, Neil Livingston had given all of his working life to Bo’ness Ironfounding firm, A. Ballantine and Sons. He started with the firm at the age of 15 as a moulder.

MP’s PLEA: An MP for West Lothian sought to make changes to the sport facilities available in the area. MP Tam Dalyell spoke in the House of Commons of the educational duty that they had to providing good sports facilities. He further raised the issue of how more enjoyment would be created by young people improving in sports.

DAMAGES: A Bo’ness woman won damages against Scottish Omnibuses Ltd. Mrs Jessie Rae Fitzpatrick Miller received damages of £500 after it was revealed that she had fallen out of an open door, as the bus rounded a corner.

Anger at council

This week in 1983

CHARITY: A Linlithgow mother, who spent 16 years raising money for Cystic Fibrosis, slammed the council for turning down her request to raise money for the illness. Irene Williamson was frustrated because of red tape, and warned others to prepare for the council’s bureaucracy.

GOLF PLAN: Proposals for a new golf course for Winchburgh hit a snag, after a plea for cash fell on deaf ears. The steering committee was left disappointed after they had asked potential members to pay £10 each, to help get the project off of the ground.

NEWS WAR: A Queensferry newsagent won his battle against distribution chain John Menzies. Over 600 Queensferry residents backed Abdul Rouf, after he was informed he would not be allowed to sell newspapers from his newly acquired premises. Abdul said: “I don’t know why they have had a change of heart.”

NEW PLAYERS: Linlithgow Rose stepped up their efforts to sign new players before the start of the coming season, with secreatary, David Roy, indicating that the midfield that need improved. The Rose only had 14 players signed up at this point.

Driver attacked

This week in 2003

ROAD RAGE: Queensferry Police were looking for information after a road rage attack left a 38-year-old motorist bloodied and shaken. The motorist had been forced to brake after a lorry pulled out in front of him. The lorry driver then got out of his cab, smashing one of the car’s mirrors with his foot on the way. The lorry driver then proceeded to punch the motorist in the face.

FRYING: A Linlithgow chippy was in the running to be named as Britain’s Fish and Chip shop of the year. The Golden Chip was competing against hundreds of eateries from all over the country for the prestigious title.

VANDALISM: Families in Kirkliston were left distraught after it was discovered that 60 headstones had been knocked over at a local cemetery. At first the people of the town had thought it was the work of vandals but discovered the council had moved the stones.

ROSE TARGET: Linlithgow Rose boss Jim Sinnet was delighted to pull off the signing of the club’s number one transfer target, striker Colin Allison from Fauldhouse United. Bo’ness United boss, Jimmy Sandison put potential signings through their paces.