The site of the former Bangour Hospital made national news when a surge of visitors to the site forced local authorities to put on extra police, security measures and road closures in an effort to deter unwanted explorers from further damaging the site. But what was compelling visitors to come to the site in their hundreds, turning Bangour into...
This Pride Month we look at the case of Gavin Bell from Blackridge. Scotland was not unique in executing gay men in medieval times, but the number of recorded cases is astonishingly low. Baron Hume in fact claimed there was just two cases before 1889. He was wrong - records show another case, the case of the unfortunate Gavin...
A Broxburn Academy pupil has become the first from her school to make the Scottish National Debating Team and will compete in a worldwide competition this July. Emma Bell, who is currently moving into fourth year at the West Lothian school, was one of only five pupils to make the team alongside Lachlan White from George Watson's College, Eoghan Connolly...
The coronavirus lockdown has seen an increased volume of walkers, cyclists and other users  along the towpath of the Union Canal. With the increased footfall, questions have arisen as to who exactly can use the towpaths and who has right of way. Questions on social media have included whether horse riding is permitted and whether the towpath allow vehicular access. On motorbikes...
Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has been happy to share the news this week that West Lothian Council will receive £256,424 from the Attainment Scotland Fund to help close the poverty-related attainment gap. The Scottish Government Announcement means that pupils living in West Lothian’s most deprived communities will benefit from targeted funding from the Attainment Scotland Fund. To help mitigate...
SNP Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Martyn Day is one of 40 MPs backing a cross-party campaign for the UK Government to support the catering industry during the public health emergency. In the letter to Rishi Sunak MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the group of MP’s wrote: “We are concerned by the exclusion of the UK’s Catering industry from...
In a footnote to a published pamphlet, chloroform pioneer Sir James Simpson made meagre admission of the part played by David Waldie, but there is no doubt he denied to him the public renown which he ought to have shared. He is not forgotten in Linlithgow, however, the town of his birth. By James McKean The discovery of the anaesthetic properties...
Amy Penman posted a sweet video this week on social media of her grandmother celebrating her first trip out of the house in Broxburn and it has proved to be something of an internet sensation. The rebellious grandmother left her house for the first time in three months and headed straight to Uphall Skatepark to hit the ramps on her...
All five Recycling Centres in West Lothian - Oakbank (Livingston), Whitburn, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Blackburn re-opened today at 10am. Queues were expected, particularly at Oakbank and Blackburn. There were even reports of people starting to queue in their cars from 7am. In fact, Oakbank had queues of 1h10 minutes by 11:30am, and Blackburn was reporting queues of a quarter mile. By...
West Lothian Police have issued warnings on social media against nuisance off road dirt bikes using Greendykes Bing without permission and causing a disturbance for local residents in Broxburn According to Police Scotland , over the past couple of months there has been a significant increase in the illegal use of off road bikes at the Greendykes Bing, Broxburn. This has...