Hoping to chalk up a few visitors

One of the stencil messages on the trail
One of the stencil messages on the trail

MEMORIES of world-famous Hercules the bear have been evoked by a unique exhibition celebrating the history of a Leven park.

Commissioned by the Buckhaven Beehive community art group, Fife artist Pat Bray has created a historic trail in Letham Glen – where former movie star Hercules used to often visit for special events.

Artist Pat Bray finishing one stencil watched by artist Lorraine Smith

Artist Pat Bray finishing one stencil watched by artist Lorraine Smith

But if you want to see it, you will have to be quick as the trail is made out of chalk and will gradually wash away.

Pat explained to the Mail she used a spray to temporarily mark the ground with interesting facts about the Glen’s history, including a paw print of the much-loved bear.

“It is an idea I think I saw done in America,” Pat said.

“It’s a kind of friendly history trail.

“There are snippets of information about the Glen, and they have been stencilled right up the big path towards the woodland.

“There are also other hand-cut stencils of the leaves and nature seen in the Glen, and then one of Hercules the bear’s paws and stuff like that for children to find in the woods.”

Pat, who was given permission by Fife Council to carry out the legal graffiti, spent Monday alongside Kennoway artist Lorraine Smith, creating the trail, but will still be in the Glen today (Wednesday) to speak to people passing through.

She is hoping some will want to share their own memories and photographs of the park, which as well as once being home to an animal park, also had a bandstand that was particularly well used in the 1920s.

Pat said she was attracted to the Glen to work as she likes community art projects, and thinks this will be of interest to a lot of people who use the space.

She added: “Hopefully the chalk stencils won’t fade away too soon – the spray is normally used at summer events to do line work on grass.

“It’s supposed to wash off eventually, or you can power wash it and scrub it off with soapy water.

“I don’t know how long it will actually last, but hopefully it will just gradually fade away and it will be quite nice.”