Take a trip down memory lane with new book on Dysart

Dysart - In Days Gone By - Volume Two - by Jim Swan and Carol McNeill.
Dysart - In Days Gone By - Volume Two - by Jim Swan and Carol McNeill.

A new book giving a look back at old Dysart has just been produced by the Dysart Trust.

‘Dysart in Days Gone By’, Volume 2, has been written by Jim Swan and Carol McNeill and is a real trip down memory lane with a mixture of old photographs, reminiscences, poems, and newspaper cuttings from many years ago.

The book has a section of old photographs of Upper Dysart including long-gone shops in Townhead, the White Gates level crossing and Dysart station with steam trains, and early views of Normand Road and Townhead.

There is also a collection of photographs of the flourishing clubs and organisations in the town including the golf club, bowling club, guides and scouts, rifle club, Dysart Sailing Club, and some rare images of quoiting.

Jim Swan, chairman of the Dysart Trust, told The Press: “We have included a miscellaneous section which is just that - an eclectic mix of items from the archives of the Dysart Trust.

“Much of this material would not be available in any other form, as they are among the bits and pieces accumulated over nearly half a century since the Trust was founded in 1964.

“This book gives us the opportunity to show a wide selection of images, many of which have been donated over the years by local people, which are not able to be displayed for space reasons at our regular exhibitions.”

The first volume was launched in May 2009 and contained over 200 images of Old Dysart, the majority of which had never been published before.

Dysart in Days Gone By, Volume 2, costs £12 and is available from Dysart Post Office, Waterstone’s in Kirkcaldy and Kirkcaldy Galleries.

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