Praise for Kirkcaldy's High Street pandemic heroes

Faraz Iqbal manager of Premier Local store (Pic: George McLuskie)Faraz Iqbal manager of Premier Local store (Pic: George McLuskie)
Faraz Iqbal manager of Premier Local store (Pic: George McLuskie)
The people at the heart of Kirkcaldy’s town centre have been recognised for the ways in which they supported their community during the coronavirus.

Nine businesses and individuals were among 1200 nominees in Scotland’s High Street Heroes run as part of the Scotland Loves Local campaign.

They were all acknowledged for giving support and making a difference during the pandemic.

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The list includes Louise Canny, of Eloise Jewellery, whose Artisan Friday market has been instrumental in bringing people back into the High Street on a regular basis;

Louise Canny (Pic:  Fife Photo Agency)Louise Canny (Pic:  Fife Photo Agency)
Louise Canny (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

Amanda Allan, who runs Heavenly Sensations, Byam Trotter at Trotter's Independent Condiments; Dom Panetta and his team at Migele Experience; Faraz Iqbal at Linktown’s Premier Store, and Mike Lowe, who runs Cupcake Coffee Box.

The list also included Bill Harvey who was manager of Kirkcaldy4All, the BID company which represented the town centre until it closed in April.

Mr Harvey was a go-to figure for many businesses, and a leading player in the plans to tackle the High Street’s most challenging issues.

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There was also recognition for the support given by two local businesses, Keystore and Usave Grocers, Kirkcaldy.

Byam Trotter (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)Byam Trotter (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
Byam Trotter (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

Councillor Neil Crooks, convener of Kirkcaldy area committee, welcomed the recognition for so many individuals.

He said: “High Street heroes is a great title ,and the principle of shopping local and supporting local businesses is one we readily embrace in Kirkcaldy.

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“All of the businesses in the High Street area recognised as heroes deserve the accolade and reflect the growing confidence and camaraderie in the town centre.”

He said he was delighted to see the list include Mr Harvey in recognition of the work he did at the BID which continues to help underpin its recovery.

Mr Crooks added: “In his lead role for Kirkcaldy4All, Bill was, without doubt, the driver and promoter of many positive initiatives.

“His leadership is sorely missed now the BID has ceased trading.

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"The town centre’s loss is Raith Rovers gain as Bill settles into his new environment at Stark’s Park. We all wish him well and our local High Street heroes will hopefully continue to prosper with their collective ingenuity and positivity.

The nominees were also praised by Aileen Campbell, Scotland’s Communities Secretary.

She said: “They typify the kind of community spirit that has supported people and improved lives.

“This has been a difficult year for all of us, and the only way we will get through is by sticking together, being kind, and offering help where it is needed.

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“The fact that these awards received more than 1200 nominations just shows how much people have appreciated those who have pulled together to help one another.”

Phil Prentice, Scottish Towns’ Partnership chief officer, said: “The dedication with which people across Scotland have supported those around them during the pandemic has been remarkable. We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on the amazing difference that our High Street heroes have made and thank them for all they have done.

“They are an inspiration – local people helping their communities and customers like never before.

"They highlight the vital part that high street businesses play in our lives and why we must support them to ensure they continue to be there for us.”

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