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Bakers need dough

This week in 1913

RISE WANTED: The bakers of Linlithgow, who some time a ago, joined the Operative Bakers’ National Federal Union, have sent a communication to the town’s master bakers in reference to wages.

MEMORIAL: Local residents have been called to attend a public meeting in the town at which it is proposed to address the principle of a permanent memorial to the late Rev. Dr. Ferguson.

BURGLED: On Thursday the residence of the Bridgend schoolmaster, Mr A Wright, was burgled whilst he was on holiday in Millport. The janitor spotting the culprits leaving the premises and contacted the police who soon apprehended two men and a woman.

HIT BY TRAIN: Two soldiers were hit by a train and one was killed at Dalmeny Station on Monday. They were hit by the 9.35am express from Dundee to Edinburgh having detrained en route to Carlingnose Fort, North Queensferry.

PRESENTATION: On Wednesday the employees of Bo’ness Co-operative made a presentation to Mr McNab who has left his post as flesher at the Co-operative. Mr McNab was visited at his home in Stewart Avenue where the presentation was made.

Kinneil top Scots band

This week in 1963

BAND SUCCESS: The Kinneil Colliery Silver Band finished second in an invitational brass band contest in Edinburgh. The band were the top Scottish band and were narrowly beaten by the top-ranking Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

NEW MINISTER: The congregation at Bo’ness Old Kirk this week welcomed the Reverend Robert Maurice King as their new minister. The ministerial role had been vacant for over a year.

Golf Course extended: Members this week voted to extend Linlithgow Golf Course from a nine hole to an 18- hole course. This was made possible thanks to landowner Mrs Mckinnon, who allowed the club to secure land west of the existing course on a 15 year lease.

RATES INCREASE: Ratepayers in Linlithgow are facing a one shilling and seven pence weekly increase in their rates. The rate, fixed by the Town Council, takes the weekly rate to 21 shillings and 11 pence.

STRIKE ENDS: Miners from the Journal and Gazette area returned to work this week after a three day strike at Polkemmet Colliery by over 1500 workers following the dismissal of a coal-face worker.

Facelift for Bo’ness

This week in 1983

NEW LOOK BO’NESS: Bo’ness town centre has seen dramatic changes with he council’s rehabilitation programme. The latest phase sees South Street, North Street, Market Street and Church Wynd become a Housing Action Area (HAA). Those living in HAA areas can access generous grants for improvements.

ROYAl VISIT: Bo’ness had a royal visitor this week when the Duke of Gloucester visited Bo’ness Library and met volunteers at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society headquarters.

TOILET Debut: An automated public convenience was unveiled on the Hawes Pier in Queensferry this week. It was the first time the new toilet facility has been put on display in Scotland.

Tattoo star: An Army sergeant from Bo’ness has a starring role at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo this year. Sergeant Billy Miller is the drum major with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards and leads the parade each night.

Canal marathon: Up to 50 inflatable boats are set to pass through Linlithgow with the tenth 
anniversary of the Across Scotland Canal Marathon being staged.

Pothole pain for town

This week in 2003

Pothole problem: Potholes are causing a headache for many drivers in Linlithgow. Despite West Lothian Council’s investment in a Jetpatcher machine to fill potholes, the bitumen patches are not doing the job and tar is breaking up soon after repairs are carried out.

CleanER Water: Scottish Water announced it was to invest in more than £3 million of works to boost water quality in the area. More than £2 million is to be spent on a waste water treatment centre in Queensferry with a further £1million being utilised to improve water from the River Avon.

Cash Success: The annual over-30s football tournament raised a staggering £5670 forthe Bo’ness Fair.

Concession scheme: A pilot concessionary scheme is to be introduced at Linlithgow Leisure Centre. The centre already runs a scheme for students, OAPs, under fives and UB40s but under the new scheme those on benefits would also receive a discount.

Winning Ways: Linlithgow Rose defeated Tayport 2-0 in the Super League while Bo’ness were held to a 0-0 draw against Arniston in the league.