WW1: Midlothian remembers

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The Advertiser returns with its regular series remembering the months in the lead up to the start of World War 1 in 1914.

100 years ago Midlothian, along with the rest of Britain, would enter the First World War. 100 years ago this week, however, the people of Midlothian had other thoughts on their minds.

In the June 12, 1914 edition of the Midlothian Journal a report on Loanhead Town Council’s latest meeting revealed that “intimation was received from the Scottish Office that they agreed to the expenditure of £600 being incurred by the burgh for the tar-macadamising of the main street being spread over two years, on the understanding that a similar expenditure would not be necessary next year.

Meanwhile Penicuik was preparing for the children’s gala. “Great preparations have been made for the crowing of the summer queen tomorrow. This being the first time the queen has been crowned in Penicuik there is sure to be a record crowd.”

While in football “without doubt one of the finest seasons in the junior game” came to an end. Larkhall Thistle won the Scottish Junior Cup by beating Ashfield at Cathkin Park.

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