IT’S SHOW TIME!

The Links Market has returned
The Links Market has returned

APRIL showers gave way to sunshine as the Links Market made its annual arrival into Kirkcaldy.

It was officially opened yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) on the promenade and will run until Monday evening.

Europe’s longest street fair will be entertaining up to 200,000 over the next six days.

Lang Toun Lad and Lass Rebekkah Robertson (11) from Torbain Primary, and Dylan Scott (11) from Parkhead Primary, helped cut the opening ribbon with Fife Provost, Frances Melville.

She said: “This is always an extraordinary event and it’s great to see so many of you here this afternoon.

“You’ve brought the sun along and we always look forward to welcoming the Showmen’s Guild back here to Kirkcaldy this afternoon.”

Ramon Henderson, the president of the Showmen’s Guild UK also attended. He added: “The market has been going for a great number of years and it’s growing stronger and stronger.”

He told visitors to enjoy themselves but asked everyone to be conscious of safety.

“If there’s a sign and you are told to do something or not to do something, please obey what they say.

“One of our prime concerns is your safety as well as your enjoyment.”

Security

Alongside the traditional favourite fairground rides of the dodgems, waltzers, children’s carousel and sideshows and foodstalls, there is a new big log flume ride this year.

For the first time, the oldest market in Scotland will be policed by a private security firm, G4S, but Fife Police will still maintain a presence in high visibility uniform on the outskirts of the market.

The police have set up a CCTV control centre to monitor the market and are working in partnership with the security organisation.

Superintendent Andy Edmonston, in charge of the police operation said: “The Showmen’s Guild have employed G4S security officers who will work within the market, and they will also have a representative at the police station during the opening hours of the market.

“On Friday and Saturday we will deploy police officers into the market.

“We will have exactly the same number of officers but we have just deployed them differently this year.

Zero tolerance

“I have every confidence and do not have any concerns.

“We have a zero tolerance in relation to anti-social behaviour and encourage people to have a fun and safe day out. “

He said that robust action will be taken against people found to be carrying and consuming alcohol in public spaces and searches will be carried out on anyone thought to be committing such offences.

Fife Police will be tweeting daily with updates regarding traffic information and restrictions.

Drivers are warned that if parking their vehicles illegally, they may be towed away and fined.