All the fun of the fair

1709p55 links market
1709p55 links market

SOMETHING for everyone!

That’s the promise from the organisers of the 2011 Links Market.

Philip Paris, chairman of the Scottish section of the Showman’s Guild, said the centuries-old event would cater for all ages.

And this year’s market will also have a new high flying ride, made in Germany, called ‘Air’ as well as two rollercoasters.

He said: “We always have more rides and this year we have a new one ‘Air’. It swings back and forwards and goes right over the top. It is similar to the very popular ‘Topbuz’ ride which we had a few years ago.

“As well as this we have the usual mix of traditional childrens’ rides as well as waltzers, dodgems, carousels and food stalls. Some of these rides may be older but we are always improving them by getting up-to-date lighting and sound systems.

“The Links Market is still Scotland’s largest fun fair and it is on a par with the fun fairs you get on the continent.”

He urged revellers to take heed of safety warnings and height restrictions and to keep back from the Esplanade when the market is being set up and rides are being dismantled.

Mr Paris, who is marking his tenth year as chairman, added: “People in Kirkcaldy will be able to enjoy the longest street fair in Europe and we want as many as possible to come along and enjoy the attractions.”

Alice Soper, chairwoman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, added: “I always look forward to the Links Market. I also very much appreciate all the hard work that is undertaken to prepare for this event each year and trust that everyone has a successful week.”

Market info

Opening hours:

Links Market officially opens at 2 p.m on Wednesday, April 13 for six days.

Opening hours are:

Wednesday: 2 - 10.30 p.m.

Thursday: 12.30 - 10.30 p.m.

Friday: 12.30 to 11 p.m.

Saturday: 12.30 to 11 p.m.

Sunday: 1 - 9 p.m.

Monday: 12.30 - 10 p.m.

Diversions:

North and eastbound traffic diverted via Pratt Street to Victoria Road.

South and westbound vehicles from St Clair Street diverted via Victoria Road to Pratt Street.

‘No waiting’ on School Wynd, Gas Wynd, Hendry’s Wynd and Heggies Wynd between 12 and 11.30 p.m daily from April 14-19.

Parking:

Extended parking at the multi-storey car parks in the town centre.

Disabled parking area at Nicol Street.

Taxi rank at Esplanade at Nicol Street.

Temporary police station:

Philp Hall, Links Street.

Mobile police office opposite Volunteers’ Green.