Return of the Lang Toun Lad and Lass

THE search is on to find the new Lang Toun Lad and Lass.

With this year's Beveridge Park Community Festival set to incorporate the Kirkcaldy Pageant, the Fife Free Press has joined with the committee organising the event to resurrect the long-running tradition of the Lad and Lass.

The fantastic opportunity to be a central part of the festivities as well as win some super prizes is open to any boy or girl living in Kirkcaldy who is in P6-7 at a local school.

And our winners will be the first of a new generation of figureheads as the Lang Toun Lad and Lass make a welcome return.

For a generation of local folk to be chosen as the Lad and Lass was a huge honour – and a source of great pride among the community.

And the organisers of the 2010 festival hope to track down as many former holders of the title as possible to celebrate the revival of the Lad and Lass.

The hope they too will play their part in this summer's community festival which runs from July 2-4.

Liz Easton, chairman, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Press to bring back the Pageant and particularly the Lad and Lass, which was a hugely popular tradition in the town.

"Hopefully we will get lots of boys and girls from the town keen to take part in the festival and other events in the town over the coming year, as well as winning themselves some great prizes."

This year's Lad and Lass will not only take pride of place at the event, but they'll also scoop some fantastic prizes.

To enter, all you have to do is send in a recent, clear photograph of themself and then Press readers decide who they would like to see go through to the final to represent the town.

The top ten chosen by our public vote – and more details will follow in the next few weeks – will then go forward to meet members of the Beveridge Park Committee and the Press, from which the final five lads and lasses will be chosen.

And our readers being given the ultimate decision on who will represent Kirkcaldy at various events in the town over the coming year - including the Kirkcaldy Christmas lights switch on and the opening of next year's Links Market!

They will receive a specially commissioned glass trophy for the year, along with a medal to keep, and prizes including:

Family meal at the Pancake Place

Asda gift vouchers

McDonald's vouchers

A photographic souvenir of their day.

The Press is also keen to find the oldest surviving Langtoun Lads and Lasses to take part in this year's events.

We would also like to contact the town's last Lad and Lass Philip Cummings (10), a former Dunnikier Primary pupil and former Kirkcaldy West pupil Laura Taylor, who will be invited to join the celebrations.

The pair took centre stage at the Pageant weekend at Beveridge Park on August 12-13, 2006, the last time the event was held in the town.

If you have held the prestigious title in the past, please contact Tanya Scoon on (01592) 598805