Turning back the clock ...

KIRKCALDY;'Reminiscince Day; MR BILL GOODSIR with daughter SUZY'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Reminiscince Day; MR BILL GOODSIR with daughter SUZY'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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TOWNSFOLK took a step back in time when they visited a special display in Kirkcaldy High Street on Saturday.

BID company, Kirkcaldy4All, turned the clock back for a day of reminiscence in the High Street’s east end.

The event, in the former Reid’s Furniture store, opposite the Indoor Market, was held between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.

It was organised between Kirkcaldy4All, Fife Council and the CARS scheme (Kirkcaldy Conservation Area Regeneration) as part of a long-term campaign to improve the attractiveness of the High Street and fill its empty units.

Locals were invited to remember popular shops and businesses which included the Green Cockatoo restaurant and Burton’s store.

Success

Andrew Walker, Council economic adviser, town centres and regeneration, said the event was a huge success: “There was a constant flow of visitors all day from the time it opened until it finished at 4 p.m,” he told the Press.

“Members of Kirkcaldy Civic Society were there all day to speak to people and answer any historical questions they had about the High Street.

“There was a good exchange of stories and information. I think there must have been about 500 people who came along over the course of the day.”

He said the highlight of the event was the display of old photographs of shops which used to occupy units in the High Street.

Shops

“People enjoyed looking at the photographs and some were saying they had never seen pictures of some of the shops,” he said.

“A lot of people were reluctant to share their memories in the video booth but overall we had about 15 people who used it.”

Mr Walker added that it was hoped to put up special vinyls in the windows of three empty shop units to make them more appealing this week, weather permitting.

They will include a vinyl of Kirkcaldy Toys, which will go in the Vidoe Drive-In window in Whytescauseway and a delicatessen, which will feature in the window opposite the West End Church. Another vinyl will go in the window of the former JJB store.