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Visitor boom at Fife heritage centre

A “resounding success and an asset for the town” – that’s the opinion of volunteers behind the Glenrothes’ Heritage Centre since it opened.

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Panto in Auchtermuchty

Panto in Auchtermuchty

It’s pantomime season again – oh yes it is! – and we’re hoping this photo will bring back memories for this group from Auchtermuchty.

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Angling champion at Rothes Arms Hotel

Angling champion at Rothes Arms Hotel

November 1977: There were some fishy stories for those who turned out to meet former British and European Angling Champion Mike Shepley in Glenrothes.

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Jack Ashwood’s Merrymakers, Leven, 1932

Jack Ashwood’s Merrymakers, Leven, 1932

Check out these dapper folk.

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Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes. 
Photo by kind permission of The Commanding Officer of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Remembering Fife Victoria Cross hero

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be remembering the 75th anniversary of the death of a Fife Lieutenant who was killed in action.

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Mabel Capper and Fellow Suffragettes. Pic: Jennie Bently Capper.

Smashing windows, arson and pouring acid into postboxes

From breaking windows to setting Leuchars station on fire and pouring acid into postboxes, Fife’s suffragettes went to extreme lengths to make their point.

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Looking Back: Rotaract Club donation, 1986

Looking Back: Rotaract Club donation, 1986

Do you see a familiar face in this photograph from 30 years ago?

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Looking Back: Royal visit in 1976

Looking Back: Royal visit in 1976

Fife’s Royal day in 1976 was seen as a bit of an anti-climax.

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Duke of Edinburgh visits Elmwood

Duke of Edinburgh visits Elmwood

Our photographic trip down memory lane this week once again comes courtesy of the Fife Herald archives.

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Looking Back: Fire engine fun, July 1976

Looking Back: Fire engine fun, July 1976

The fascination with fire engines and the role of fire crews is nothing new among children.

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Looking Back: Choir competition winners, 1961

Looking Back: Choir competition winners, 1961

Does this photograph bring back any fond memories for anyone?

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Nostalgia: storms in north east Fife

Nostalgia: storms in north east Fife

This photo was taken during one of the worst storms in Scotland’s history. It shows a cottage in Bow of Fife being battered by a fallen tree. The storms took place in January 1968 and mostly affected the Central Belt. The strongest gust was recorded at 140mph, and a number of people died.

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A Fisherlasses pageant at Pittenweem from 1968 (Suzanne Paterson)

Delve into your photographic family archives

As part of a wider programme of events at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther celebrating its rich photographic collection – designated as being of national significance, local people are invited to uncover and explore the history hidden in their own family archives.

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Balwearie High School pupils take part in a music and dance workshop in October 1988

Looking Back: Balwearie High dance studio 1988

Balwearie High School was transformed into a dance studio for one week in October 1988.

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Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Beveridge Park in October 1992

Looking Back: Beveridge Park centenary celebrations 1992

Thousands flocked to Kirkcaldy to celebrate the centenary of Beveridge Park in October 1992.

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Miss United Kingdom visits a Kirkcaldy fete in October 1976

Looking Back: Kirkcaldy Round Table’s Fun Fete 1976

Miss United Kingdom made a special guest appearance at a fete in Kirkcaldy in October 1976.

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Looking back: The show must go on for Glenrothes Operatic Society

Looking back: The show must go on for Glenrothes Operatic Society

OCTOBER 1974: Townsfolk from across the area flocked to Glenrothes High School in this week to catch Glenrothes Amateur Operatic Society stage its version of the ever-popular musical ‘My Fair Lady’.

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An artist's interpretation of the generally accepted perception of the mermaid.

Myth of the mermaid remains an enduring fishy tale...

The mermaid with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish has appeared for centuries in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, Scotland included. ALISTAIR MUNRO recounts some of these acquatic connections with the Western Isles.

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Looking back: Town Hall, Leslie, c. 1890s

Looking back: Town Hall, Leslie, c. 1890s

This archive postcard image was given to us courtesy of Leslie historian Campbell Morris, who sadly passed away last weekend.

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North Rona could have been turned into a penal outpost

When Rona could have been Scotland’s own Devil’s Island

Devil’s Island, Robben Island, Asinara, Pianosa, Alcatraz – all prisons remote and with very little chance of escape... and little hope. But 150 years ago a small island in the Hebrides could have joined that list, its merit resting on the belief that it would “have all the terrors and none of the attractions of transportation to Australia”.

Debbie Clarke looks at the case put in 1852 for turning North Rona into a penal colony on Stornoway’s doorstep.

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