Festival says farewell with a flourish

Pretty as a picture, from left, face painted Isabella Edwards, Sophie Thom and Charlotte McGregor
Pretty as a picture, from left, face painted Isabella Edwards, Sophie Thom and Charlotte McGregor

HUNDREDS of people turned out in bright and sunny weather for the last ever Beveridge Park Festival in Kirkcaldy at the weekend.

And they were well entertained by a host of music and dance, stalls, children’s activities, fitness activities and competitions.

All aboard the fire engine!

All aboard the fire engine!

The weather stayed fair, with only the odd light shower, as families flocked to the park to enjoy browsing a selection of stalls and tents from organisations including the Rotary Club, Growing Kirkcaldy, Kirkcaldy Civic Society, Make Your Move Kirkcaldy and Kirkcaldy YMCA.

There was a fire appliance from the International Fire Service, vintage vehicles, highland dance displays and a wide selection of Zumba demonstrations.

Music came from a Kingdom FM roadshow and the Dysart Colliery Silver Band, and there were bike repair workshops from Dr Bike, bike trails and the ever popular skate and bike competition run by the Kirkcaldy Skate and Bike Initiative, which was so busy that it had to be divided into four categories: in-line skating; skateboards, BMX and scooters.

Mr Barking proved a great attraction for the youngsters, as did the selection of fairground rides and fast food and ice cream vans.

Skills on show in the skate and bike competition

Skills on show in the skate and bike competition

Saturday’s one-day scaled down event will be the final one after the committee decided to call it a day amid rising costs and falling grants.

Liz Easton, chairman of the committee said: “Saturday was a nice calm and peaceful event which ran very smoothly and there was a great turnout, particularly for the skate and bike competition.

“We did feel sad at the end of the day, but there was just no way we could afford to keep the festival going.

“People were coming up to us and saying they thought it was a shame, but everyone realised why we had to do it.”

Dysart Colliery Silver Band at final Beveridge Park Festival

Dysart Colliery Silver Band at final Beveridge Park Festival

On top of the world in the skate and bike competition

On top of the world in the skate and bike competition