LITTLE did Evelyn Harvey know when she entered the children’s fancy dress competition at the very first Glenrothes Festival in June, 1963, that her doing so would be revisited nearly fifty years later reports, NEIL HENDERSON.
The Glenrothes Gazette headline on the June, 19, 1963 edition read - ‘Great Success for first festival week’ but it was the picture of Evelyn, dressed as a copy of the Gazette that captured readers hearts.
Five decades later, Evelyn Martin as she’s now known, who has resided in the town her entire life recalls how the ‘Gazette idea’ came about.
She said: “I was eleven years old at the time and my friend, Elaine Gillies idea for a fancy dress outfit was ‘The Ghost of Rothes Pit’ as her dad had worked at the colliery that had by then closed.
“My mum came up with the idea of dressing up as a copy of the Gazette newspaper and set about making an outfit.
“She sowed various bits of newspaper to a dress and I even had a Russian style fur hat that we stook headlines on so the outfit looked as if it had been entirely made of paper.”
The reporter at the time said there was ‘no shortage of imagination’ in a competition that boasted outfits such as pirates, princesses, a Father Christmas and even two boys dressed Bill and Ben-the Flowerpot Men.
Evelyn continues: “I didn’t win a prize even though I still think my outfit was the best, but I did make the front page of the town’s own newspaper and was given the title of ‘Miss Glenrothes Gazette’ which was better in many ways.”
The fancy dress competition was the festival’s finale to a week of events with an estimated five thousand people attending a parade and sports day.
That evening, four hundred locals attended a ‘Festival Ball’ held at the CISWO.
In recent times Evelyn, has continued to write the headlines for having the highest ever valued antique on the TV programme, Flog It, but as they say, ‘that’s another story.’