AS Glenrothes gears up to celebrate its diamond anniversary this summer, chief reporter MIKE DELANEY discovers some of the history of the town and the people who helped make it.
The late Sir George Sharp was present at the 1940s meeting where the creation of Glenrothes was first raised.
He became chairman of the town's Development Corporation in the 1970s.
A vital link in the master plan was the development of Rothes Colliery, a 'superpit' in his home village of Thornton.
But it was beset by problems, including flooding, and closed at the end of 1962.
In an interview ten years ago, to mark the town's 50th anniversary, Sir George told the Gazette: "Following the closure, there were serious doubts about the future of the town."
Full story in this week's Glenrothes Gazette - on sale now.
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