THE relaunch of Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park fountain last week turned into a grand day out for 450 schoolchildren.
Pupils from Kirkcaldy West Primary were invited along to the event, organised by members of the Beveridge Park Development Group and Fife Council parks’ staff, to unveil the £45,000 refurbishment.
The project has seen the Victorian fountain, which has not worked for the last two years, fully replumbed and repaired to full working order and the surroundings remarbled, the whole structure cleaned out and new slabbing put in around the feature which was donated to the park in 1931 by Mrs Beveridge in memory of her husband who left money to the town to create the park.
Kirkcaldy West head teacher, Maureen Stapleton, decided to turn the invitation to the fountain’s re-opening into a Jubilee occasion for all the pupils, with a picnic in the park, along with free ice cream cones for all the pupils, courtesy of the Parent Teacher Association.
Two of the school’s pupils – the oldest and youngest – David Clack (12), Georgia Thomson (5), were chosen to cut the ribbon, marking the relaunch of the fountain, once a major feature in the park.
Funding for the refurbishment came from various Fife Council departments as well as Kirkcaldy West Community Council and the Beveridge Park Development Group itself.