Pedal power plea for mad hatter’s tea party...

PEDAL POWER: The Dormouse from Alice in Wonderland - played by Barry Forrest - for once, was awake, and tried out one of the bicycles from Peachy Keen which will feature in the Easter event in Kirkcaldy's High Street. (1213270) Picture: Walter Neilson
PEDAL POWER: The Dormouse from Alice in Wonderland - played by Barry Forrest - for once, was awake, and tried out one of the bicycles from Peachy Keen which will feature in the Easter event in Kirkcaldy's High Street. (1213270) Picture: Walter Neilson
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THE Mad Hatter’s Kirkcaldy Tea Party event is looking for ‘human power’ to generate the electricity required to run some of the activities.

Local company Peachy Keen is bringing its ‘pods’ – converted bicycles that turn pedal power to volts and amps – and there are units to suit all ages so no-one can have an excuse for not pedalling for at least a few minutes.

It’s all part of a fun-filled family Easter event in the High Street, which will take place next Saturday, March 30, from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. – and all activities will be free.

Street Scalextric

Peachy Keen, based in Kirk Wynd, regularly tour Scotland with a green message and work at many venues from schools to corporate events.

From a street Scalextric set to pumping water through a huge spiral, it all requires effort, albeit not frenetic, just a steady pace to keep things moving.

Andrew Bowie, of Peachy Keen, said: “We’re planning to set up the Scalextric and then people can propel the cars round the track by pedalling the bikes.

“We usually find women and girls are better at it as they go at a steady pace. Men and boys usually jump on the bikes and try to do a ‘Chris Hoy’ – but we’ve got electronics in place to make sure there’s no power surge and to stop things from blowing!”

Kirkcaldy4All, organisers of the event, are providing a much-varied programme.

The Mad Hatter – along with other Alice in Wonderland characters including White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Dormouse and Caterpillar – will be there for children to draw in assisted art activities, with students from Adam Smith College lending their skills.

High Street businesses have been approached to enter into the spirit of the day and an Easter Bunny Hunt is being organised.

Extra fun

Jock Ferguson, event manager, said: “Kirkcaldy is getting a good reputation for providing something extra for shoppers.

“Instead of bemoaning closing outlets, the town is working hard to make the High Street a place of character. It’s a little like medieval times where entertainers would vie with food vendors, tailors and the like and it creates an atmosphere of vibrancy.

“Compared to the soulless, edge-of-town shopping developments where nobody wants to linger, the High Street is the place to be!”