He’s just a skater boy!

David Torrance MSP with some of the participants in the Burntisland Skate Fest

David Torrance MSP with some of the participants in the Burntisland Skate Fest

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FIFE’S top young skateboarders, rollerbladers, bikers - and Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance - all took part in the annual Skatefest competition at Burntisland Skate Park recently.

The event, outside the Beacon Leisure Centre, was organised by Fife Council’s community learning and development service (CLD) along with local youngsters.

Over the last year a group of young people have been working alongside CLD to help bring this event together with some of them helping out on the day and judging the competition.

Their hard work paid off with over 500 people from all around Fife taking part.

The competition categories included scooters, roller blades, BMX and skateboards with age categories from eight to 16 plus.

There was also graffiti art workshops, face painting and glitter tattoos.

Pleasure

The event was opened by Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman, who said: “It was a pleasure to see so many youngsters taking part in the competition. The Skate Park is a significant part of Burntisland.”

The competition was supported by a team of young volunteers who helped with the logistics including live commentary on the contestants, litter picking, registration and face painting.

The volunteers are working towards their Saltire volunteering awards.

David Torrance MSP said: “I had a great time at Burntisland Skatefest and I would like to thank Fife Council for backing a wonderful event.

Electric

“There was a fantastic turnout by kids and their parents and grandparents all of whom helped to make the atmosphere electric!

“I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone for allowing me to be a participant and providing me with a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.”

Local parent Lee Mahady was initially opposed to the skate park, but is now pleased it went ahead.

He said: “I thought it was a waste of money and didn’t think anyone would use it!

“I couldn’t have been more wrong, I’m along here every day with my kids.”

If you live in Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland or Auchtertool and want to help with next year’s event, contact Julie Dickson, CLD Team Leader, on (01592) 583475.