Prom was big part of my life – we courted there!

Margo (right) and her husband Norman, with Margo's mum Jessie Galloway on the Prom in June 1962.
Margo (right) and her husband Norman, with Margo's mum Jessie Galloway on the Prom in June 1962.
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An appeal for stories of Kirkcaldy’s Prom from the past rekindled lots of memories for local woman Margo Keddie.

Stories are being collected for the ‘Prom on the Prom’ event on December 14 to welcome back the much loved landmark after its 18-month absence for refurbishment.

And Margo wrote to the Press with her fond recollections of happy times on the Prom.

She said: “I was born and brought up in Buchanan Street in Linktown. I went to the West School and the Prom was a big part of my life, as that is where I played with my pals.”

She recalled long days spent on the sands with just a jammy piece and a bottle of sugar-elly water (water with a piece of liquorice in it), playing shops with stones and bricks for sale.

“We would walk home in our bare feet and get a raging for getting tar on our feet, then out would come the margarine to clean off the tar – happy times!”

She also recalled her family collecting sea coal from the beach and an occasion when a ship was washed up against the sea wall.

“When I left school at 15-years-old I worked in the Burma Dance Hall and walked along the Prom to work, that’s where I met my husband and we did our courting there.”