Throwing new light on town centre

Christmas lights on Kirkcaldy High Street
Christmas lights on Kirkcaldy High Street

Organisers of Kirkcaldy’s Christmas lights have praised workers for “pulling out all the stops” to bring belated-festive cheer to the High Street.

Although work is still ongoing, Kirkcaldy4All say a new, yet traditional light display should be fully installed in the town centre tomorrow (Friday).

This year, rather than traditional lights being installed in the pedestrian zone, projection lights were planned as something different to brighten up the town centre.

However, on Saturday, November 23, disaster struck at the Christmas switch-on event when a technical hitch meant the lights failed to turn on - even after eight countdowns.

And, when they did eventually come on, the display attracted an onslaught of criticism for being lacklustre compared to to other Fife towns such as Leven and Dunfermline.

Kirkcaldy4All manager Bill Harvey said: “After the Saturday when we had the massive disppointment because we blew all the power, we still weren’t happy with the lights when they came on.

“We’ve gone for a more traditional approach and that’s augmented with the projection lights to give colour and messages to the east and west end of the High Street where, because it’s darker, the lights have greater impact.

“Work is still ongoing and won’t be finished until Friday.”

Mr Harvey said Kirkcaldy4All had “learned a lot of lessons” from the experience and admitted questions regarding technical failure would still need to be answered.

However, the most important challenge had been to respond quickly to install an improved light display, and that had been achieved.

“The contractors have pulled out all the stops to rectify the situation,” he commented, “and we’ve heard - through second hand sources - that people are far happier with the new lights.

“I’d also like to say a special thank you to Bill MacIntosh who has worked tirelessly to support us.”

Mr Harvey added: “From a personal viewpoint, some of the messages on social media were harsh and its very easy for people to have a go at us from a distance.

“We were trying something new; something for the town centre and the people of Kirkcaldy.

“It failed and we hold our hands up to that.”