A fitting tribute to Kinghorn’s fallen ...

L - R: Linda McDevitt, Cllr Susan Leslie, Suzanne Gilfeather (Kinghorn in Bloom) & daughter Caitllin, Chris Mitchell (Chair, KCC)
L - R: Linda McDevitt, Cllr Susan Leslie, Suzanne Gilfeather (Kinghorn in Bloom) & daughter Caitllin, Chris Mitchell (Chair, KCC)

The brave folk of Kinghorn who gave their lives for their country are to be given a fitting tribute in time for the 100th anniversary of WW1.

Funding has just been agreed to illuminate the village’s war memorial as the final stage of a scheme of works to create a proper “village square” and improve the area.

Three uplighter spotlights will highlight the memorial to all those who lost their lives in overseas conflicts.

And those behind the project say they are delighted that the final work will be carried out in time for the 100th anniversary of the First World War next year.

Last week Fife Council’s Kirkcaldy area committee agreed to a contribution of almost £6000 from the Ward 10 Community Planning Budget to allow the work to be carried out. Because the amount of funding sought was above £5000 it had to have the authorisation of members of Kirkcaldy area committee.

The project began in 2011 when a stakeholders group was set up with the remit of creating a Town Square for Kinghorn and improving the area around the war memorial.

It involved a range of individuals and organisations including the elected councillors for the area, Kinghorn Community Council, NHS Fife, the Church, Kinghorn in Bloom, transportation services, property services and parks and countryside, all keen to see the area around the war memorial improved, with the aim of creating a proper Town Square.

This involved improving the road layout, planting and landscaping work with decorative brickwork, improving disabled access to the church and installing benches. The original plans included lighting, but due to a funding shortfall this was removed, on the understanding that it would be fitted retrospectively when money became available.

At the area committee, local member Councillor Susan Leslie said: “The local community are very keen to see this last piece of the jigsaw put in place.

“The community council and other groups have had a big part in starting this project. it looked good before but this really will be the icing on the cake.”

Chris Mitchell, chairman of Kinghorn Community Council, added: “The lighting will finish off the work that has been going on for the past two years and we are grateful to the council for making the money available.

“It comes just at the right time as we are coming up to the commemoration of 100 years since the start of the 1914-18 war and it is a good thing that the memorial will be floodlit and looking its best to mark that occasion.

“It is an important public space in Kinghorn, so this is very good news.”