Burntisland viewing point to be re-opened to public

Councillor Peter George at the Half Moon
Councillor Peter George at the Half Moon

A piece of Burntisland’s history is being resurrected thanks to the efforts of a councillor who used to work on the docks.

Peter George has secured funding which will have Burntisland residents strutting down memory lane – or to be more precise, the shipyard steps and half moon at the town’s harbour.

Having worked at Burntisland Shipyard in the 50s and 60s, he was dismayed that the former viewing area, where crowds gathered to watch new ships being launched – known as the half moon – had become completely overgrown.

He said: “The shipyard steps have been closed off for years because they were unsafe. They linked the Castle area to the harbour and were popular with walkers going to the Coastal Path and Monks Walk.

“We’ve tidied Monks Walk, and the steps are being repaired and will re-open soon. The Half Moon is being cleared by the Community Payback team and it would be wonderful to have a plaque to mark the spot as part of Burntisland’s maritime heritage.

“I’ve contacted Burntisland Heritage Trust and the Community Council for support and hopefully we can all agree on something. I recall hundreds of local people shouting and cheering as ships built in Burntisland headed out for sea trials.”