TWELVE months after Cupar fell victim to a cruel ‘Chesney Hoax’, the town’s Christmas lights switch-on this year became the subject of a ‘Prank Bruno’.
Ahead of last night’s extravaganza, posters went up around Cupar falsely claiming British boxing legend Frank Bruno had been booked to switch on the lights.
It is thought the pranksters behind the hoax may be the same jokers responsible for last year’s spoof, which led townsfolk to believe 90s pop star Chesney Hawkes would be appearing at the event.
Purportedly produced by Cupar Community Council in conjunction with a local radio station, this year’s posters invited residents to attend what promised to be a ‘knockout’ event.
A picture of Frank was captioned with the former WBC heavyweight champion vowing: “I’ll punch your lights on!”
Some of the posters suggested the boxer would be assisted by ‘friends’ the Krankies, while others simply said: “Frank’s Coming!”
But the man himself was quick to refute rumours of his appearance.
Speaking ahead of the event, Frank told the Fife Herald: “It’s a shame when people advertise you are going to attend an event when you know nothing about it.
“This has happened before and people think I am then unreliable.
“I will not be in Scotland this Thursday.
“Firstly I was not even asked, secondly I am on another job in Yorkshire and thirdly if another man calling himself Frank Bruno appears he is not me the boxer — you know what I mean? Ha ha ha.”
Frank added that appearances could be booked via his official website, www.frankbruno.co.uk
In the event, Cupar’s Christmas lights were due to be switched on by Santa with help from joint Citizens of the Year Ian Copland and Guthrie Hutton, Young Citizen of the Year Jake Douglas, and Cupar Children’s Gala king Med Kapasi and queen Brook Robertson.