Links Market voted a big hit as crowds flock to Esplanade

Fun at the Links Market. Pics by Walter Neilson
Fun at the Links Market. Pics by Walter Neilson
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There’s a saying around town that the good weather doesn’t arrive in Kirkcaldy until after the Links Market has been and gone.

But 2014 proved to be a change from the norm as the sun shone for almost the whole duration of the funfair’s six- day stay.

Crowds flocked in their thousands to the Esplanade over the period and Alex James Colquhoun, chairman of the Showman’s Guild, said he was “delighted” with this year’s event which went off with no real issues - but saw an increase in numbers as Lang Touners took in all the fun of the fair in the unusually sunny weather.

He said: “It’s too soon for the official figures but I think that the numbers will be up, mainly due to the fantastic weather – something we’re not used to at the Links Market!

“It’s early days, but the reports I’ve had back from speaking to the operators is that there definitely seemed to be an increase on last year.

“Getting more people there bodes well for the future.

“If people came and spent an afternoon or an evening there because the sun was out then hopefully that will inspire them to come again in the future.

“The feedback we’ve had on our Facebook page and elsewhere has all very positive.”

A spokesman for the Fife Divsion of Police Scotland said they were pleased at how well the market had gone, with only two arrests made over the whole weekend.

“From a policing perspective the event went extremely well with no significant issues,” he said.

“Police Scotland worked in partnership with the other emergency services, Fife Council and G4S to ensure the safety and security of the many thousands of people who attended.

“There were only two persons arrested during the course of the event for minor disorder on Friday evening.”

The clean-up operation after went quickly with the Esplanade due to re-open at 4.00 p.m. today (Thursday).

Alex said: “We’ve been doing this for a while now so the departure went very smoothly as I understand it.

“It was a very successful event which was made even more enjoyable for the public, thanks to the sunshine. “Hopefully that meant that people spent time on the site, maybe making a day of it. We’re a fun fair, we want people to have fun!”