Sudden death

This week in 1913

SORROW: Sorrow and regret were evident across Linlithgow on the sudden death of the Rev. Doctor Ferguson. News quickly spread through the town on Tuesday when it was revealed that Dr Ferguson had passed away at breakfast-time that day without any apparent warning.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Patternmakers at New Grange Foundry in Bo’ness remained on strike although their moulder colleagues have settled their differences with management and return to work after a six-week lock-out. Indentured apprentices are also back at work.

WORKS’ OUTING: Several hundred employees and friends of the Westfield Paper Mills enjoyed a day trip to North Berwick on Friday. A special train conveyed the trippers from Westfield to their destination.

SAILORS IN ACTION: At the request of the Culross Regatta committee, saillors from Bo’ness’ Bridgeness Yacht Club Alpha One class participated in the open handicap race.

miner injured: A falling piece of coal injured minerJohn Robertson (62) of Richmond Terrace, Bo’ness, while at work on Friday last.

What doctor ordered!

This week in 1963

NEW CLINIC: Approval in principle has been given for new clinic accommodation in Bo’ness. Sites in Jamieson Avenue and Grahamsdyle Road had been identified by the county health committee. Bo’ness Town Council welcomed the proposal.

COMMONS ROW: Linlithgow MP Tam Dalyell courted controversy in the House of Commons following site visits to the BMC plant at Bathgate and Rootes’ Linwood site. Mr Dalyell said in Parliament that local authorities should not solely carry the burden of providing amenties in support of such large-scale developments.

PUMPED UP: A public inquiry was held in the County Buildings, Linlithgow, into the refusal of planning permission for a petrol filling station at Glendevon, Winchburgh. All interested parties then visited the site. A decision will be revealed later.

HOME OF YOUR OWN: Bo’ness Town Council has agreed to re-open its housing list to applicants and hopes to have tenants for 310 homes over the next two years.

SCOUT CAMP: Boys from the West Lothian, Linlithgow Bridge, Scout troop have enjoyed a 12-day camp at Blair Atholl.

Curtains for nightspot

This week in 1983

DEMOLITION PLAN: It’s the end of the road for the Bo’ness nightspot that never got off the ground. Caesar’s Palace, formerly known as La Fabrique and McTavish’s - is to be demolished. New owners Peel Joinery plan to build houses on the site, after Affairs Discoteque Ltd scrapped their plans to turn Caesar’s Palace into a disco. Peel Joinery revealed that the firm had bought the premises which have been closed for a year.

POOL PLAY: It’s all systems go for a new pool and snooker complex in Linlithgow. The plans are to open the snooker centre at the former Ritz Cinema in the High Street.

LIGHTING UP: Bo’ness United could become one of the first junior football clubs in Scotland to install floodlights at their Newtown Park ground. They have bought four 40-foot lighting towers from the National Coal Board’s Kinneil Colliery in Bo’ness which closed earlier this year.

SUNNY DAYS: Sun-lovers from all over have flocked to the Peel this week to take advantage of the tremendous weather. And they all agreed that there is no better place to soak in the sun that the side of Linlithgow

Jock got on his bike

This week in 2003

LABOUR OF LOVE: It’s a labour of love that lasted 20 years but for Linlithgow bike enthusiast Jock McComisky, all the effort has been worth it. At the cost of thousands of pounds and just as many hours, Jock (63) has finally completed the restoration of a bike he first fell in love with in 1977.

PERU HELP: Bo’ness residents have been thanked for supporting a local churches’ appeal fund. A 10-strong party from Bo’ness departs for Peru on July 21 where members will work to alleviate the misery of the street children in Iquitos and Puerto Belen.

FACING CHALLENGES: The new man at the helm of Linlithgow Young People’s Project has vowed to take the scheme to new heights this summer. Crawford Bell has taken over as manager at the project - based at the Vennel - after two years as a volunteer.He previously worked for Lothian NHS as a health promotion specialist and has a background in community education and youth work.

GOLDEN GIRL: It was a golden day for Queensferry student Sarah Black last Saturday when she was invited to Holyrood Palace. For Sarah, was there to receive her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.