Crowds flock to Kirkcaldy Galleries relaunch weekend celebrations

Fife Council and Fife Cultural Trust invitation only grand opening of Kirkcaldy Galleries'Gordon Brown & Val McDermid  'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Fife Council and Fife Cultural Trust invitation only grand opening of Kirkcaldy Galleries'Gordon Brown & Val McDermid 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

THE relaunch of Kirkcaldy Galleries continues this weekend after a fantastic start on Saturday.

Visitors have flocked to the new-look venue which combines the town’s art gallery, museum, library and information centre all day - enjoying the many free attractions and the glorious sunshine.

The gardens have been busy throughout with many families making the most of the perfect weekend.

The day included poetry, bookbug classes for kids, the music of The Beatles from Just John & Paul, and lots of fun and games with the enthusiastic team from Radio Lollipop.

James Robertson’s re-telling of ‘The Gruffalo’ in Scots was packed out, while visitors viewing the paintings of Jack Vettriano were delighted to see the artist himself wander around the galleries ahead of his sold-out show with Ian Rankin at the Old Kirk on Saturday evening.

With almost every event free of charge, the weekend has been a huge success - and there is still much more to come.

Sunday’s schedule kicks-off with ‘Books Alive’ which brings the characters created by authors Tommy Donbavand and Jonthan Meres to life, from 11.00 a.m.

There are guided tours of the gallery at 11.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.- short tours which reveal some of the building’s hidden gems, and there are opportunities to find out more about the history of Kirkcaldy, including as re-enactment of the last duel in Scotland.

Broadcaster Lesley Riddoch hosts a book brunch at 11.30 - there’s a cover charge of £2.50 which includes croissants and coffee!

Freelance artist Isabell Buenz turns second hand books into art in a special workshop at11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. while there is science fun galore with Dundee Science Centre from 11.00 a.m.

Free brochures listing all the events - which continue into next week - are available from the library.

>> The Adam Smith Heritage Trail was launched on Saturday with the first ever guided walk around the town to bring the economist and philosopher’s history to life.

Starting fromn the Old Kirk it takes in Kirk Wynd - Smith’s school is snow the car park of the Fife Free Press - the town centre, Tolbooth Street and back up to Townsend Place, all of which formed part of Smith’s daily life in Kirkcaldy.

Created by the Adam Smith Global Foundation, the trail will be expanded in the months to come as it seeks to reclaim Smith’s heritage.

The inaugural tour was well attended and it is repeated on Sunday at 1.15 p.m.

Please meet at the Old Kirk at 1.00 p.m.

The tour culminates at Kirkcaldy Galleries.