Kirkcaldy’s Christmas countdown began in spectaular style with a huge procession and stunning fireworks in the Town Square on Saturday.
Crowds gathered in the High Street as it got dark to take part in a 1000-strong lantern parade.
And just as many made their way through the streets following Fife drumming group Drumatik to the Town Square.
Many youngsters had made lanterns at special free workshops held in the Mercat Shopping Centre in the weeks before the celebrations, while others carried homemade lanterns and tea lights.
And as the procession passed through the High Street the town’s Christmas lights came on behind them.
In the Town Square, youngsters from schools in Kirkcaldy and the surrounding areas gave the very first public performance of a special song, ‘The Bringing of the Light’, composed especially for the occasion by local man Robert Forrest.
But there was more excitement as the event came to a spectacular finale with a superb six minute firework display, with the fireworks being set off from the roof of the Town House.
Further musical entertainment was provided by John Murray, DJ with community radio station K107FM.
Bill Harvey, manager of the event’s organisers Kirkcaldy4All, said the organising team was “overwhelmed” with the public’s support and feedback.
Organisers have expressed their thanks to ON Fife for organising the special song and to the schools for organising all the rehearsals. They also thanked all the volunteers who helped.
Kirkcaldy’s Christmas countdown continued with a carol service held in St Bryce Kirk in aid of our Maggie’s Centre.
The event attracted over 150 guests and raised £1687 for the cancer care centre’s fund.
The service, organised by Karen Drummond, principal of Fife Academy of Performing Arts, saw pupils of all ages from the academy sing a range of carols before a special performance was given by Scottish singer songwriter Horse McDonald.
Readings were given by Elspeth Salter, retiring centre head for Maggie’s Fife and Dr Bob Grant, chairman of the centre’s fundraising board.
Elspeth added: “It was wonderful to welcome so many to our first carol concert and to feel the joy and excitement of child and adult alike.
“It was a night of song and words for Christmas with so much fabulous talent shared.’’