Rewinding the clock

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100 YEARS AGO: From our files of April 4, 1913

*FOR some time past the people living on the Bo’ness Road at the outskirts of Linlithgow have been much annoyed by the horseplay and boisterous conduct of youths from Bo’ness. These young lads have been in the habit of visiting the town on the Sunday evening and their behaviour has brought serious complaints from residents.

*BY the plucky action of a Linlithgow Bridge vanman, a serious accident was averted at Corbiehall. A horse and cart was at the entrance to the distillery and as the works pug passed, the horse took fright and bolted. Walter Hunter daringly seized the reins to draw the animal up.

50 YEARS AGO: From our files of April 5, 1963

*LINLITHGOW Town Council were told at the Education Committee that they were simply using a cheap jack method of keeping down the rates by requesting public use of the playing fields to be provided at the new Academy.

*BO’NESS tenor David Cunningham will be heard singing three songs on the BBC Home Service next Saturday. The songs have not been settled but it could be a Scottish air, a showbusiness song and a modern ballad.

*GARDENERS will note with pleasure a collection of garden refuse is to be made every Wednesday. Allowance is one cubic yard of refuse that cannot be destroyed by burning, burying or composting.

10 YEARS AGO: From our files of April 4, 2003

*VANDALS have targeted the derelict Forth Bridges Hotel once again. For the third time in recent weeks, the hotel has been set on fire, causing extensive damage to the lower level bar area and health club area.

*A BO’NESS building dubbed “an eyesore” may be in line for refurbishment. The former Grangepans Co-operative premises have been lying semi-derelict for a number of years.

*A £1 million facelift for the Tesco supermarket in Bo’ness has resulted in a mini jobs boom for the town. A total of 15 new jobs have been created as a result of the refurbishment.