Tuesday, July 7, 2020
When I arrived in Bo’ness Public after the Easter holidays in April 1983, my first encounter with the then Headteacher, Cathy Andrews was a rather ‘frosty’ one, on account of me turning up at 8.58 thinking I had a...
One hundred years have gone by since the doors of Kinneil School were first opened to accomodate the children of the West end of Bo'ness. Not only did it cater for the needs of primary children, but was also...
"Hail Smiling Morn" When asked to pen my memories of my involvement in The Fair, I was a bit reluctant.   Where to begin?   Then the line from a song came to me “start at the very beginning.” Of course, I had...
"ELIZABETH SNEDDON, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Sneddon, James Place, has been by the popular vote of the senior pupils of Kinneil School, appointed school Queen." So announced the " Linlithgowshire Gazette " on Friday, 28th May, 1920. After...
What was it like to be a Bo'ness Fair Queen more than 50 years ago? Actually, I can remember it as if it were yesterday! I was the first Fair Queen to be chosen from the new Kinneil Primary...
"Write me 2,000 words on the Fair Days you reported when you were with the Bo'ness Journal". The request was delivered in that no no-nonsense manner so typical of former Town Councillor Willie Rodger, a man who has done so...
As I sit down to write this article for the 2015 Bo’ness Children’s Fair Festival, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and everything in the garden is starting to grow. Buds are on the trees and flowers...
"There was great excitement at 41 South Street yesterday," reported the Bo'ness "Journal" of Friday, 11th April, 1952, and then went on to give the reason. "For 11 year old, Myra Taylor ran home to tell her parents that she...
AFTER the Christmas holidays, on the first day back at school, I was elected to be Queen of the Bo'ness Fair Day! I remember seeing Mr Stewart and Mrs Ritchie and also our head teacher Mrs Hanlon announce that day...
" IF YER no' a Granger, yer a stranger" or so the saying goes, I have to admit to being a bit of both. Although I grew up in the west of the town and was educated at Kinneil...

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Bo’ness has a lot of history and one of the most vibrant things that we can never forget is the Bo’ness Fair. For many...