Parade starts fun week in Burntisland

Burntisland Primary headteacher Miss Brenda McCormack with this year's Summer Queen and King
Burntisland Primary headteacher Miss Brenda McCormack with this year's Summer Queen and King

ORGANISERS of this year’s Burntisland Civic Week are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather as the parade kicks off this weekend.

The programme officially starts at 12.15p.m on Saturday when Burntisland Pipe Band leads the parade from the band hall in Links Place to Burntisland Parish Church.

Once there it will be the scene for the for the official crowning of the Summer King Caine Yeardley and Summer Queen Adele Shaw at 12.30 p.m. There will also be a performance by Highland Dancers.

The parade will then leave the church at approximately 12.50 p.m and wynd its way through the High Street to Burntisland Links.

There will be a fancy dress competition and street entertainers and at 1.15 p.m the party on the Links will commence with music and entertainment provided by Kingdom FM Roadshow, sponsored by Business Gateway Fife.

Activities held throughout the afternoon will include: the Fife Falconry Display, W3L Wrestlers, Jamming drumming sessions, a countryside ranger exhibit, a disco dancing display, sports activities, face painting as well as a variety of stalls.

In the evening there will be a playgroup disco, Summer King and Queen disco and then an adult comedy night for over 18s only, sponsored by Arnold Clark.

The show, featuring comedians Jonny Awsum and Billy Kirkwood, starts at 8.00 p.m in Burntisland Golf Club.

The theme for this year’s Civic Week is the natural world so a colourful parade is anticipated on Saturday.

Morna Beuzeval, chairman of the Burntisland Civic Week committee, told The Press: “We are hoping this year the sun will shine.

“We have a great family event planned and everybody is welcome - all the events are free on parade afternoon.”

Wendy Hawthorne, main organiser and committee member, added: “I just hope everybody has fun.

“The Civic Week Committee has worked hard this year and thanks must go to all our sponsors.

“Without them we could not afford the events we have lined up not only on parade day but the rest of the week also.”

In the event of wet weather this weekend the party on the Links will still go ahead, but the number of activities and events will be limited indoors at Burntisland Parish Halls in East Leven Street.

Activities will continue in the town over the next week. These will include a traditional market, heritage walk and quiz.