Memorial to Kirkcaldy’s industrial past to be unveiled

Workers at the Melville-Brodie engineering factory in the late 1950s
Workers at the Melville-Brodie engineering factory in the late 1950s

A memorial to what was once one of Kirkcaldy’s biggest engineering works will be unveiled next week.

A plaque commemorating the site of the Melville-Brodie Engineering Co Ltd on the corner of Beatty Crescent and Junction Road will be erected by a group of former employees, who all learned their trade with the company.

The Retired Melville-Brodie Club was formed five years ago by former employee Dougie Reid, who would like as many ex-colleagues to join the group.

“We’ve got in touch with a lot over the past few years,” he said. “But there are still a few we’d like to try and track down.

“George Yardley, who it’s thought moved to Belgium, whereas John McMillan, Sammy Murdoch, Sandy Picket, Sandy Penicuik and Sandy Miller we think still might be in the area.

“If we could get in contact with them or any of their relatives, that would be great. We’re in the process of putting together a book also so would like to find out if anyone has any old memorabilia .”

The memorial was put together with help of local councillor, Kay Carrington, who helped secure a donation.

She said: “The club contacted me and said they had this archive but didn’t know where to start, so I called Archie Smith, the managing director at Fifab, who said he would be delighted to help with a donation.

“I think the memorial is great for the area. It’s a reminder that once it was an industrial area where people developed the most amazing skills.”

The unveiling will take place at 3.00 p.m. with Julie Shanks from the Brodie family and the oldest living indentured apprentice, 92-year-old Robert Thomson in attendance, followed by a reception at 4.30 p.m. in the KUSI Club, St Brycedale Avenue.