Links Market magic pulls bumper crowds to Kirkcaldy

A record number of visitors are expected to have attended this year's Links Market. Pics: Annabelle Gemmell
A record number of visitors are expected to have attended this year's Links Market. Pics: Annabelle Gemmell

The number of visitors to Kirkcaldy’s Links Market has gone up this year – thanks to the combination of good weather and the school holidays.

Crowds flocked in their thousands to the Esplanade over the six days the funfair was in town and, while the official figures have not yet been released, the turnout is thought to have broken last year’s attendance records.

This year, people also appear to have been on their best behaviour as Police Scotland revealed there were no arrests and no major incidents at the annual event.

George Henry Codona, chairman of the Scottish Showmens Guild, told The Press: “We won’t have the official figures for a fortnight yet but we expect to see an increase in turnout this year.

“However a lot of people who visited were just sightseeing – they weren’t going on the rides.

‘‘But most people seemed to have a good time and it is great entertainment.

“If there have been no arrests this year, this can only be a good thing.

“Everything seems to have gone okay and it appears to have been a success.”

There was only one reported road traffic incident which happened in the town centre on Saturday morning, but this was unrelated to the Market.

A crash occurred at 11.30 a.m near the junction with Pratt Street involving four cars. It resulted in the closure of part of Links Street and diversions were put in place. The street was partially closed for more than three hours.

Officers reported there had been no serious injuries, but one person was cut from their car by firefighters.

Alan Seath, police community inspector for Kirkcaldy, said: “The event ran smoothly and there were no arrests or major issues this year.

‘‘This is largely due to the work not only of Police Scotland, but of all agencies and those who attended with the intention of enjoying the festivities.

‘‘A number of new processes were put in place this year and feedback to date has been positive, with no major delays for vehicular or pedestrian traffic.”

The 13th Kirkcaldy Links Market Model Show and Exhibition was also held in Linktown Church Hall with trophies for the best exhibits.