Civic Week is a hit again in Burntisland

Morna Beuzeval, civic week chairman, with the youngsters who took part in the treasure hunt
Morna Beuzeval, civic week chairman, with the youngsters who took part in the treasure hunt

Organisers have enjoyed another successful civic week in Burntisland.

The week was officially launched last weekend when the Rio carnival parade wound its way through the High Street on Saturday all the way along to the Links, where a fun-packed afternoon of activities was held.

Various events took place throughout the next few days including a charity ceilidh night, treasure hunt, civic week dance and the return of Burntisland’s sandcastle competition, which took place for the first time in seven years on June 27.

One of the civic week organisers, Wendy Hawthorne, told The Press over 4000 people took part in activities through the week.

She said: “The last sandcastle competition was held in 2006 and the decision by Morna Beuzeval, civic week chairman, to bring it back to Burntisland proved to be a great hit with the children.

“Morna reported that over 60 children took part in the event including members of the Burntisland Out of School Service (BOSS) and other youngsters who would normally have been in school - the early summer break is due to the early opening of Burntisland’s new primary school in August.”

Moira Fitzpatrick, active schools co-ordinator with Fife Council, had the unenviable task of judging the sandcastle competition winner.

She said: “How do you choose? They are all winners. The imagination that went into the castles was terrific.”

The winners of the 2014 sandcastle competition were Nieve Adamson and Sarah Robertson.

Some youngsters also decided to build their own sandcastle version of the new Burntisland Primary School.

Wendy said that, because of the popularity of the sandcastle competition this year, the committee has decided to make it a permanent feature in the civic week programme.

She said everything ran smoothly and there was a good turnout at the activities: “Civic week went well and all events were well attended.

“Popular events were the children’s activities such as the pony riding on parade day, the sandcastle competition and the treasure hunt on Sunday, which was the final day.

“The turnout was great for the treasure hunt - we had nine family groups running around the Links and the beach!

“The civic week dance and comedy night was great fun too.

“The feedback we have had through our Facebook page has been fantastic. Overall, it has been a great success.”