Another success - but next year will be the last

Follow the leader at zumba

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THIS YEAR’S Beveridge Park Festival may have been quieter than last year, but organisers say it was still a success.

However, despite this, they insist next year’s event will be the last.

Catherine Galloway (Kirkcaldy) gets a shot of the water cannon with the aid of IFRA

Catherine Galloway (Kirkcaldy) gets a shot of the water cannon with the aid of IFRA

Liz Easton, one of the organisers, said they aren’t getting enough support, so have decided to call it a day.

She said: “It will be our tenth anniversary next year and there are still only five of us organising it, so we have decided it will be our last one.

“There will be activities on the Saturday only and we might look at putting on fireworks at night.

“We have decided to make it the last for various reasons - everything is going up in price, funding is going down and our income generation is down by a few thousand £s. We aren’t getting the support either.”

BMX biker

BMX biker

She added: “We are very sad but we have done it for 10 years now and no-one will be able to talk us out of it, the decision has been made.”

This year’s festival kicked off in style with a giant Zumbathon on Saturday and this was followed by the popular Skate Jam event and competition at the skate park.

Lucky

Liz said: “It went very well and weather-wise we were very lucky. There were around 4-5000 people there over the two days which is less than last year when we had about 8000.

Mia Finlay (Kirkcaldy) celebrates her 5th birthday on the rope roundabout

Mia Finlay (Kirkcaldy) celebrates her 5th birthday on the rope roundabout

“We noticed the band nights in the marquee were quieter this year but that could be because we had to change the dates so the festival was held later.”

She said the youth bands event on the Friday afternoon was also busy with 400 young people in the marquee watching them play.

Liz continued: “We had lots of different stalls including craft stalls, food tasting with the Fife Diet and the Civic Society which was very busy.

“People enjoyed taking part in all the activities. Dennis Alexander’s show, Scotch Broth, was very popular with families and the 7 Stanes put on some excellent stunts in their display.

“The skate and bike competition had 68 participants with many people watching that.”

Liz added that the one-off performance by Lights Out by Nine at the town’s Beveridge Park Hotel on Saturday night was a sell-out and was hailed a success by those who attended.