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From our files of April 18, 1913

A STRIKE of the employees of the Bridgeness Pottery is threatened. It seems that the men are connected with the Workers’ Union whose organiser some time ago made a demand on the workers’ behalf for an increase of 15 per cent.

THE growing gambling habit of the young working men of Bo’ness has been the subject of much speculation lately and the police, acting on complaints, have been taking all possible steps to stamp the practice out. “Nap” and “banker” are the popular games and people walking out on Sunday are confronted by “schools” intent on the game at the roadside. On Sunday the Grangepans police scattered several schools and seized the playing cards.

From our files of April 19, 1963

BELTING, brain-washing and heavier penalties on parents were among the cures suggested to the County Council to put a stop to vandalism which is rife throughout the country. One of the chief difficulties is bringing the culprits to book through lack of co-operation between the public and the police.

APPROVAL was given for improvements to the garage of Peter Donaldson, High Street, Linlithgow, who made application to replace an existing kerb side pump with a modern design twin pump dispensing two brands of petrol.

THERE was a record attendance of over 250 at Wednesday’s meeting of Lodge Ancient Brazen No 17 Linlithgow.

From our files of April 18, 2003

A BOOKMAKERS is to move into a C-listed building in Linlithgow’s “outstanding conservation area”. Councillors agreed to grant William Hill permission to open a betting office at 33-37 High Street despite objections from local residents, West Lothian History and Amenity Society and Linlithgow Civic Trust.

BO’NESS United lost the OVD Scottish Junior Cup semi-final but their travelling army of supporters had the upperhand on their Linlithgow counterparts. An estimated 4000 people from the town made the trip to Almondvale stadium for the match and they outshouted and outsung their local rivals.