The magic of the Links Market

1511033 SSFF links market 'at the Links Market 2011
1511033 SSFF links market 'at the Links Market 2011

THE WHEELS were set in motion once again this week as Europe’s longest street fair rolled back into Kirkcaldy.

Around 120,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Lang Toun over the next six days to enjoy the various attractions at the Links Market, including a new high flying ride, Air, brought in especially from Germany.

The annual fair was officially opened on Wednesday at 2 p.m by Frances Melville, Fife Provost; Philip Paris, chairman of the Scottish section of the Showman’s Guild and David Wallis, national senior vice president of the Showman’s Guild for Great Britain.

Kirkcaldy’s Lad and Lass for 2010, Reece Inches (12) and Casey McCallum (12), also attended the opening.

Cllr Melville said: “I would like to welcome you all once again to the Links Market. It is great to see the Showman’s Guild back here. I am pleased to be here to officially open the Links Market and want everyone to come along and enjoy themselves.”

Philip Paris, chairman of the Scottish section of the Guild, also welcomed locals to the market: “We are hoping for some great weather and we want everyone to have a happy and safe visit. We would ask people to take notice of the safety notices and instructions on the rides.”

Police have also issued safety advice to visitors.

Tips include: carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards and keep your car and house keys in your pocket; keep your phone out of sight when not in use, don’t leave valuables in your vehicle and take sat nav’s out of your car.

Superintendent Andy Morris, officer-in-charge of policing this year’s event, said: “Officers in high visibility uniform will be patrolling throughout the market and will be using the recently acquired Ferroguard detector, which enables officers to search for blades and other weapons. Police officers will take robust action against those found to be carrying and consuming alcohol in public spaces with searches carried out on those thought to be committing any offences.”

He added: “Any anti-social behaviour or criminal activity will not be tolerated.”

The Esplanade will be closed to through traffic until Thursday, April 21.

The market will be open: Thursday: 12.30 - 10.30 p.m; Friday and Saturday: 12.30 to 11 p.m; Sunday 1-9 p.m and Monday 12.30 to 10 p.m.