Wanted – Memories of Kirkcaldy prom

Memories of Kirkcaldy Promenade. Old postcard
Memories of Kirkcaldy Promenade. Old postcard

Walkers and other users of Kirkcaldy’s promenade from bygone days are being asked to share their memories with others.

The organisers of ‘Promenade the Promenade’ - the fun event to welcome back the popular landmark after 18 months of restructuring and upgrading work - are calling on Langtonians and others from further afield to record their memories of times spent at the prom on its Walk the Prom facebook page – Kirkcaldy Prom Walk.

“Most people have tales to tell of days out with the family enjoying picnics or noteable accounts of events which happened on or around the prom, and we thought it would be nice to have these stories – and photographs too if they have any – on the facebook page for others to share and enjoy,” said Christine May, who is organising the event with her friend Ann Wood.

The final date for the event has now been confirmed as Sunday, December 14, when the £9 million upgrade project is expected to be complete.

Work has included refurbishing and heightening the sea wall to protect the Promenade from the sea and flooding. The wall at the basin car park end of the Esplanade was repaired, and a rock armour revetment built to help break up large waves before they reach the sea wall.

Since setting up the group to take forward the plans, dozens of local groups have come forward to express an interest in taking part, including walkers, cyclists, swimmers, rowers, majorettes, Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band and the Army Reserves who have offered to bring along one of their light guns to fire to mark the start of the planned walk along the length of the Promenade.

It will be fired out to sea to signal the event’s start, with the various groups then setting off on their lap and musical accompaniment from the pipe band.

The event also has the backing of Kirkcaldy4All, OnatFife, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Fife Council, and the nearby Morrisons supermarket has also offered to lend its support.

Mrs May added: “It can take me ages to get to the shops these days, because folk are always stopping me to ask for more information.

“We are hoping for a fun day which harks back to the traditional after Sunday lunch walk along the prom. Even in December!”

The work: 
The wall from the basin car park to Nicol Street was upgraded as the first phase first phase during 2013, with the other half completed this year.

A public drop-in office was set up by contractors, Volker Stevin, opposite Volunteer’s Green where interested members of the public could call in to find out more about the progress.