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Kirkcaldy High Street received some welcome festive cheer over the weekend as more Christmas lights were installed in the High Street and the a new Christmas tree put up in the Town Square.

Following a number of complaints from the public and High Street businesses about the lack of festive lighting in large parts of the High Street, Kirkcaldy4All, the group set up to improve the town centre for local businesses, approached Fife Council to bring a quick solution to the problem and the outcome was a positive one.

Six extra strands of lights which complement the existing four garlands across the width of the High Street were put up to add extra festive cheer to the area, while a large Christmas tree whose lights will be switched on tomorrow (Friday) by carol singers from Kirkcaldy High School, was put up at the corner of the Town Square next to the entrance to Hunter Street.

And additional lights were also put along the length of the canopy at the entrance to the Mercat Shopping Centre.

Carol Haxton, chairman of Kirkcaldy4All, said: “I think we all agree the existing festive lighting wasn’t good enough for Kirkcaldy and I am delighted that by working with Fife Council we achieved a quick solution. This shows good partnership working and, more importantly, the right decision being made for the sake of the town centre at this critically important time of the year.”

Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, added: “I am delighted we have managed to install additional lights where it was safe to do so and we will review the situation early in the new year and make it better for next Christmas.

“I am also pleased that Kirkcaldy town centre also now has a new Christmas tree standing proudly in the Town Square which will add an extra dimension to the festivities.”

Stephen Roberts, manager of the Mercat, said: “We are very pleased to get extra support from Fife Council and Kirkcaldy4All in our efforts to boost Christmas trade because of the obvious impact the recent bad weather has had in the run up to Christmas.”