In Pictures: 150 years of the Fife Free Press

The Fife Free Press launched on Saturday, January 28, 1871 as Kirkcaldy’s first every penny paper.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 3:08 pm
Fife Free Press -  Bob Provan and Davie Duncan with the papers coming off the press at  Mitchelston in 1999
Fife Free Press - Bob Provan and Davie Duncan with the papers coming off the press at Mitchelston in 1999

Today, 150 years on, it remains the voice of the town – and is still part of the fabric of people’s lives.

It has chronicled the history of this town across the decades, noting everything from grievous losses in world wars to the triumphs of our sports teams, and the incredible moments which have shaped this town.

We look back on a century and a half of reporting faithfully and honestly with pictures from our archives which celebrate the newspaper and the people behind it.

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Front page of the Fife Free Press from 1871 - first paper produced
Fife Free Press - front page launching the FP100 - the 100 greatest bands ever from Fife
Front page of the Fife Free Press from April 28, 1989 - the shooting of Nikola Stedul and the dramatic trial of hitman, Vinko Sindicic
Fife Free Press front page - shortlisted for Regional front Page of 2016 by www.holdthefrontpage,.co.uk
September 1974: The last ever photo of Kirkcaldy District Council before the re-organisation of local government - and the first ever full colour picture to appear in the Fife Free Press.
Fife Free Press - front page which formed part of submision which won Scottish Weekly Newspaper of Year award for 2016
Fife Free Press - front page letter tp Tesco's chief executive as part of our campaign to try to save the town's store
The original designs for the Fife Free Press bulding in Kirk Wynd, circa 1967. The paper's print plant was already established on site - the extension was to add two floors. The front was then re-designed in early 2000s
Fife Free Press 2010 - front page on Morrisons development in Kirkcaldy
Fife Free Press - front page for Fife Pride 2017 singled out by organisers for praise
Launching the presses on the last edition of the Fife Free Press printed at Mitchelston in Kirkcaldy is Karen Livingston
Fife Free Press 2010- front page on collapse of major expansion plans from The Mercat Shopping Centre in Kirkcaldy
Fife Free Press front page June 11 2020 - celebrating the babies born in lockdown
Fife Free Press - the top floor at Kirk Wynd which was home to the compositors.
Fife Free Press - the top floor at Kirk Wynd which was home to the compositors.
Fife Free Press newsroom at Kirk Wynd - the end of the final day before the office was closed and staff relocated to Carlyle House
Fife Free Press - Jim Wallace at the printing press at Mitchelston in 1999
Fife Free Press - in the advertising departmen at Mitchelston in 1999: George Thomson, Lorna Hickman, Bill Williamson (standing) with John Mackay, and Jim McCallum
Fife Free Press - tele-ads department at Mitchelston in 1999
Fife Free Press - the printing press at Mitchelston in 1999. Andy Wilkie and Jim Wallace
Fife Free Press - the printing press at Mitchelston in 1999. Pictured is Bill Gibb
Fife Free Press - Andy Wilkie climbs the printing press at Mitchelston in 1999
Fife Free Press printing press at Mitchelston in 1999
Fife Free Press printing press at Mitchelston in 1999
March 1991 - celebrating the end of the Gulf War and safe return home of local troops
FFP May 12 2011 - front page to mark political history as David Torrance's election as MSP for Kirkcaldy gave the SNP a first-ever overall majority at Holyrood. Kirkcaldy David Torrance MSP Politicis SNP
A typical front page from the broadsheet newspaper of the 1980s
Front page from the year 2000
2010 saw the Press made the switch from broadsheet to tabloid format - and it was a huge success. Pictured at the launch party is Jill Kennedy with a copy of the first ever tabloid edition.
The miners' strike of1972 - the 1984 industrial dispute also made the front page on a regular basis
Many delivery boys and girls will remember the famous yellow bags which used to be filled with the broadsheet editions of the FFP