Special day as MP launches new galleries

Gordon Brown MP
Gordon Brown MP

GORDON Brown will formally open the new look Kirkcaldy Galleries - and the event will mark his 30th anniversary as an MP.

He will perform, the honours when the doors finally re-open top the new look library, art gallery and museum next Friday (June 7).

Mr Brown will be joined at the invitation only event by author Val McDermid, artist Jack Vettriano and a host of leading figures as the town gets to see its new cultural hub.

The ceremony will bring the MP full circle - he borrowed his first books there as a child.

Mr Brown said: ‘‘It will be a privilege to re-open the art gallery and museum after its renovation.

‘‘The Treasures within them are valued by the people of Fife, and tell us a huge amount about our history as an agricultural, mining and then industrial community.’’

‘‘I am very happy to re-open the library knowing it is where I first borrowed books and learned about places far beyond Kirkcaldy.’’

The opening of the library forms part of a huge weekend of celebrations in town with the Adam Smith Festival also in full swing.

It starts with the lecture, delivered this year by Professor Tom Devine on Thursday, June 6.

A large number of free tickets have been snapped up for the event at St Bryce Kirk, but some seats remain and can be reserved by contacting the Adam Smith Global Foundation.

Contact info@adamsmith globalfoundation.com

Tickets are also selling very fast for the audienfce with Jack Vettriano and best-selling author Ian Rankin at the Old Kirk on Saturday, June 8 - the event is expected to sell-out in the next few days.

The duo will be interviewed by broadcaster Lesley Riddoch about their love of Fife.

Tickets from the box office at Adam Smith Theatre.

‘‘We really want to build on the momentum from this year to present so much more in 2014 with is the homecoming year,’’ said foundation chief executive, Marilyn Livingstone.

‘‘There has been a lot of interest in the lecture and the show, and if people want to come along then we’d urge them to reserve their tickets to make sure they don‘t miss out.’’