The theft of three large cable drums from a compound just outside Kirkcaldy almost put an end to a vital part of this weekend’s Kirkcaldy Sand Races.
The huge drums were set to form part of the trials course for the event, with dozens of youngsters set to take part.
But a Milton of Balgonie company has saved the day by replacing the stolen drums, just a day before the Sand Races take place on Kirkcaldy Esplanade.
And organisers, Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club, has offered its grateful thanks to the company for its kind gesture.
“We discovered that the drums had been stolen from the Balfour Beatty compound for the opencast site and immediately put out an appeal for help,” explained Jake Drummond from the club.
“I got in touch with Askern and showed them photos of the boys on their bikes and what the reel drums were used for and they basically said they would give us what we needed.
“We are really grateful to them for saving the day because the trials which is such an important part, couldn’t have gone ahead without them. It is this kind of support from local companies which helps make the day a success.”
David Wight, site manager for Askern UK in Scotland, which assembles cable reel drums made in Doncaster, said the company had been happy to help.
“Jake came in this morning and explained what had happened and, purely by chance our health and safety officer from Doncaster was on site. He phoned his line manager and explained the situation and we were given the go-ahead to give him as many of our refurbished drums as he needs.”
Kirkcaldy Sand Races will be opened by Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.00 a.m. on the Esplande, with the racing on the beach set to start around noon.