Celebration planned for reopening of Kirkcaldy’s Esplanade

Ann Wood (left) and Christine May get ready to promenade the promenade - come rain or shine!
Ann Wood (left) and Christine May get ready to promenade the promenade - come rain or shine!

How many people are missing their walks, jogs or cycles along Kirkcaldy’s prom?

The Esplanade will have been closed for around 18 months by the time it re-opens in October, and for many it can’t come soon enough.

That’s why two Kirkcaldy women are hoping to hold a special celebration event to welcome back the newly refurbished promenade.

And they have set up a special Facebook page to gauge public interest in the idea of a possible weekend of celebrations, inviting people to Walk the Prom in any way they would like, be it in Victorian garb complete with parasols, to run it in keep fit gear, cycle, rollerskate or even dance it in sequins.

Christine May, former MSP and councillor, who now chairs the Fife Historic Buildings Trust, is looking at planning the event with her friend Ann Wood.

She said: “We were chatting about the work going on at the seafront and how much we were both missing our walks along the promenade, and that’s when the idea came about.

“At the moment we are just keen to see how many people feel the same way as us, but we have been getting some positive feedback and, if there was enough interest it would be good to have a weekend of celebration to welcome it back, as soon after the completion date as possible.”

Ann Wood (73), who lives at Seafield, added: “I used to walk along the prom every day. It is just the ideal distance from my house down, along the prom and back again to fit in, and I have really missed it since it has been closed. I keep walking past and looking to see how far on the work is and when it’s likely to finish.

“When Christine and I got chatting, I thought it would be a really nice idea to have something to mark its reopening and bring the community together in some way.”

The ladies are keen to hear from others who share their passion for the prom and anyone who would like to be involved can visit the Prom Walk Facebook page.

Christine and Ann, who were happy to pose for a photograph showing that the prom can be walked in all weathers, are keen to see people enter into the spirit of the event.

“People could dance along the prom in fancy dress, like in a Jack Vettriano painting, or something equally amusing, and it would be good to have groups taking part, like a local gym or cycling club.”

Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “I think this is a great idea as a lot of people will have missed the prom, and I hope they will get on board and help to make this a success.”

The prom closed last July for a £9 million upgrade which included refurbishing and heightening the sea wall and new seating and lighting installed to make it more welcoming.