The sun shone on Kirkcaldy’s Esplanade ... just in time for the opening of Europe’s longest street fair yesterday (Wednesday).
Around 120,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Lang Toun over the next six days to enjoy the various attractions at the Links Market, including the popular 40m-high Mark2 Bomber Ride and the log flumes, which are back this year after a two-year absence.
The annual fair won’t be affected by the ongoing work to re-develop Kirkcaldy’s ageing seawall.
The heavy machinery has been moved out the way at the southern end of the prom, but work on phase two of £9million seawall project will continue at the northern end during the market’s short stay.
The market was officially opened on Wednesday at 2.00 p.m by Jim Leishman, Fife Provost and David Wallis, national president of the Showman’s Guild for Great Britain.
Town councillors and local MSPs also attended the opening.
In his opening speech, Mr Wallis welcomed visitors to the fair.
He said: “We are pleased to be here again with the showmen. We are looking forward to some nice weather. The people of Fife are great supporters of the market and we are looking forward to entertaining them once again.”
Provost Jim Leishman said this year marks a special milestone for the national Showman’s Guild. He said: “This year marks 125 years of the Showman’s Guild and the president has been giving me an interesting history lesson about the Links Market.
“The Links Market provides amazing entertainment and attracts people from not only Fife but from across Scotland. I am delighted to officially open the market and I hope it is here for many years to come.”
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “It’s great the Links Market is back again in Kirkcaldy. It is a 125 year celebration for the Showman’s Guild and it is a really special year for them. Having the market here raises the profile of the town nationally which can only be good for local business as well as providing entertainment for people down here over the next few days.”
The Esplanade will be closed to through traffic until 4.00 p.m on Thursday, April 24.
The market will be open: Thursday: 12.30 - 10.30 p.m; Friday and Saturday: 12.30 to 11.00 p.m; Sunday 1.00-9.00 p.m and Monday 12.30 to 10.00 p.m.