PEOPLE in the Glenrothes area are preparing to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, reports MIKE DELANEY.
The monarch will have been on the throne for 60 years come next Tuesday and celebrations are being organised locally in the days around that date.
The Salvation Army Hall in Glenrothes will be holding a jubilee party for staff and guests on Thursday.
On Saturday, Royal British Legion Scotland’s Glenrothes branch women’s section have organised a parade and fun day.
The event will begin with the parade, starting at 10.30am from the car park next to the Golden Acorn in Church Street, which will end at the group’s Cos Lane headquarters.
The festivities, which will go on until 5pm, will feature a children’s fancy dress competition, themed as king or queen, bouncy castle, balloon man, sumo wrestling suits, stilt walker, cool creatures - including Meerkats, snakes, lizards and giant millipedes - appearances by popular children’s television characters like Dora the Explorer and Peppa Pig, stalls by companies such as Body Shop, Partilite, crafts and more.
Those attendingcan get their nails done, watch displays by the Territorial Army, who will bring along a military vehicle, and there will also be a raffle, barbecue, electric quad bikes, M&D’s tickets, and facials from Alison Stewart’s hairdressers.
Organiser Della Logie said: “It seems to bring out the fun and community feel in people, and feeling good and being part of something is a boost to all.”
A street party will be held in Grove Place, Tofthill, Balbirnie Green, on Sunday from 2-4pm. One of the organisers, Suzanne Gilbert said: “This is quite a new estate, so as well as marking the jubilee, it’s a good chance for neighbours to get to know each other.”
Christ’s Kirk in Pitcoudie Avenue will be holding an all day party on Tuesday for which the dress theme will be ‘red, white and blue’.
Anne Crombie, one of the organisers, said: “Tickets cost £15 and cover morning coffee and biscuits, a buffet lunch, afternoon tea, sandwiches and some ‘bubbly’.”
For further details about the event, visit the north Glenrothes church’s Facebook page, or its website at: www.christskirk.btc.co.uk
Falkland people are holding their celebration in the Palace Orchard Tuesday from 2-4.30pm.
All residents of the village and of nearby Newtown of Falkland are invited to attend the event, which will feature children’s activities, music and a special jubilee cake.
Guests are being asked to bring their own picnic and dress in red, white and blue.
Tickets, priced £5 are available from the participating organisations and by calling 754537, and all profits will be donated to local charities.
Also on Tuesday, CH@T Community help at Tanshall are holding a family fun afternoon, to which everyone is invited, at St Ninian’s Church Hall from 12 noon to 3.30pm.
Bouncy castle, face painting, bingo games, handmade jewellery, cake and candy, raffle and refreshments will all feature.
Leslie children have been presented with a souvenir to mark the event, with 240 mugs, provided by the Community Council, being given to primary and nursery children.
Three copper beech trees, one at each of the schools and a third at Leslie Common land where one was planted to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897, have also been planted.
Two special diamond jubilee races are also being staged at Markinch Highland Games on Sunday.
Glenrothes councillor and Fife deputy provost, Kay Morrison, said: “It’s important to mark this occasion because of its historic significance to all of the United Kingdom and of Glenrothes, which the Queen has visited more than once.
“It’s also an opportunity for people to celebrate, to enjoy themselves and that’s a thoroughly good thing.”