“The Links Market is formally, officially, dramatically and all other things open!”
So said a delighted Cllr Kay Morrison as she cut the rope in front of a sizeable crowd on the Esplanade yesterday afternoon
to kick off Kirkcaldy’s 710th fair.
The ceremonial honour also represented the fufillment of a “childhood fantasy” for Fife’s depute provost.
“It’s a huge honour, it was absolutely fantastic,” she said.
A perfectcombination of school holidays and positive weather forecasts was firmly raising expectations of record breaking attendance figures over the next few days.
“I hope this will be the Links Market we all remember,“ said Cllr Morrison, “I think it will be the most successful ever if we can get the weather.”
Despite increasingly huge outlays associated with transportation costs and running costs, the market is still believed to be the longest street fair in the whole of Europe.
Alongside the old favourites, visitors can check out new rides this year such as the Matterhorn and Sky Swing.
George Henry Codona, chairman of the Scottish Showmans Guild, told the Press that Kirkcaldy’s Links Market was still a “unique event”.
I hope this will be the Links Market we all rememberCouncillor Kay Morrison
“There’s a couple of new rides this year and I hope everyone enjoys it, which I’m sure they will,” he said.
“It’s a mile and a half of thrills, spills and fun.
“After all, that why they call it the fun of the fair!”
The Links Market runs until Monday, April 20 at 9.00 p.m.