The glory days of the Green Cockatoo ...

Green Cockatoo, Kirkcaldy
Green Cockatoo, Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy’s famous old tearoom in new exhibition

A celebration of the rich history of the Kingdom, will take place in the region’s libraries this week.

It’s a chance for people to come along and share their memories and stories

Janice Erskine

Fife Local History Week runs until Saturday, March 14 and everyone is invited to get involved.

Taking in a diverse range of activites across the region, from coffee mornings to exhibitions, this week is a great way to celebrate the cultural heritage of Fife, as well as a chance to share personal memories.

Each year the local libraries host activities for Local History Week and this year is no different with the theme being food and drink, tying in with Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink in 2015.

A Kirkcaldy institution from the 1960s and 1970s will be the subject of a special temporary exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries next week.

The display will pay homage to the famous Green Cockatoo, a tea room and bakery, on Kirkcaldy High Street, which was located where Cafe Continental is today.

The eatery was well known, and much loved, for its strawberry tarts and caramel covered eclairs.

The temporary exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries will be on the walls of the cafe.

Janice Erskine, local studies officer with Fife Cultural Trust, told the Press: “It was a very formal kind of tearoom on the High Street.

“Local History Week is an excuse for us to get out the old photographs and reminisce and try to jog people’s memories.

“There’s been a lot of changes in Fife over the years.”

In Dunfermline’s St Margaret’s House there will be a small display about food and drink related businesses from the west Fife town’s past.

But it’s not just temporary exhibitions that are on display, some of the Kingdom’s libraries will be hosting events.

Lochgelly’s Jennie Lee Library will host a drop-in event, called ‘Away fir the Messages’, on Monday, March 9 from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Staff are inviting people to come along for a wee walk down memory lane and a chat over a cuppa.

Janice said: “It’s a chance for people to come along and share their memories and stories.

“It might be sharing their favourite old recipes or talking about where they used to go for their shopping.”

And in Cowdenbeath, there will be a coffee morning in the town’s library from 10.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

Those in attendance will be encouraged to share recipes from their past, which will then be collated and displayed in the library.

Staff at Glenwood Library in Glenrothes are also inviting people to share their old recipies with each other through ‘Granny Glenwood’s Recipe Board’ which will be on display in the library during the next week.