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Bo’ness was built on coal. At the height of the industry, it employed people and exported tons of coal. The town’s prosperity depended largely on the black diamonds which were torn out of the ground many hundreds of feet below the surface.
The coal industry supported a thriving harbour and later attracted the railways to the town. The town grew as demand for coal grew. Fortunes were made by some in the coal industry while others paid the ultimate price.
And at its height Bo’ness was the location for one of Scotland’s super pits which was to drive tunnels under the forth to the High Valleyfield Colliery in Fife.
But today, although the coal industry has vanished, its memory is kept alive in the annual spectacular Bo’ness Children’s Fair Day.
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