Fife gets ready to open those doors

Crosbie Matthews Funeral Parlour - Glenrothes
Crosbie Matthews Funeral Parlour - Glenrothes

Fifers are about to be given a chance to take a glimpse behind the scenes when 80 venues across the region throw their doors open to the public.

It’s all part of the popular annual Doors Open Days Fife, taking place over three weekends in September.

Many venues across the Kingdom are providing tours and selected Fife venues have storytellers to guide your imagination behind the bricks and mortar with tales, histories and mysteries of the building.

And Glenrothes has a handful of venues involved too, including Tullis Russell’s Environmental Education Centre, Crosbie Matthew Funeral Parlour, Fife Council’s new transport depot at Bankhead and the Green Homes Fife energy efficient dwelling project.

It’s the first time that the funeral specialists Crosbie Matthew has been involved in the event and its inclusion offers one of the more unusual and unique opportunities of those opening their doors this time.

“I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the architecture, interior and how the building works in relation to the role our business plays”, said Sheila Crosbie.

“Because of the nature of our business we understand it’s not a place they’d necessarily think of visiting unless they had to and through the Doors Open day event like to maybe dispel a few of the myths or thoughts surrounding what we do,” added Sheila.

The funeral parlour sits on the site of the original Glenrothes telephone exchange and was designed by the PARR Partnership in 2007, the same architects responsible for the conversion of the former Amazon depot, also opening its doors this year.

The Central Fife day, which includes Glenrothes takes place on Sunday, September 15, while East Fife attractions are on September 8 and West Fife attractions open on September 22.