Looking Back: Beveridge Park centenary celebrations 1992

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

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

The Fife Free Press reported rain and fog did little to quell the enthusiasm of the huge number of visitors who attended the three-day event.

The report says: “Stunned organisers admitted: “We can’t believe that so many people turned up.

“They had assumed that the foul weather would keep people away from the extravaganza which had been planned for more than a year.

But the packed programme attracted and estimated 8000 visitors on Friday, 12,000 on Saturday and 10,000 on Sunday.

“The single most popular attraction was undoubtedly a spectacular display of dancing and fireworks which was staged on each of the nights.

“The park’s boating pond reflected the stunning spectacle, and a choreographed compilation of classical and popular music added to the electric atmosphere.

“The programme of events was planned by the district council’s entertainment and tourism section and the parks and sports departments.

“Centenary celebrations started last Thursday with the planting of a commemorative sweet gum tree in the grounds of the park.

“Other events held across the weekend included displays by the army and RAF, parachutists landing in the park, a puppet show for children and donkey rides.”