The year was filled with remarkable stories of people who went the extra mile for the benefit of our communities.
By The Newsroom
Monday, 7th January 2019, 4:57 pm
Updated Monday, 7th January 2019, 5:22 pm
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From schools to business, from sport to the arts, their drive and enthusiasm were key to getting projects off the ground, and giving us reasons to be proud in 2018. Here is the full rundown of the Fife Free Press’ 40 Fifers Of The Year.
1. LGBT+ at Kirkcaldy High School - Launched by the pupils and Dr Paul Murray, this award-winning, pioneering group earned widespread plaudits across education and far beyond they even welcomed Sir Ian McKellen to school!
2 Katie Pake - A remarkable young girl who lost most of her leg to cancer but remains determined to get back on the football pitch. Her spirit and determination saw her become an ambassador for charity, Stand Up To Cancer.
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3 Andrew Magee - Andrew (left) saw that with towns up and down the country hosting their own comic cons, Kirkcaldy needed to be in the race. He was the driving force behind the first successful event earlier this year.
4 Bill Rennie & Volunteers - The sweat and toil to transform Aberdour station was recognised when it won Small Station of the Year at the National Rail Awards. The replanting and improvements was led by Bill and other volunteers.
5 Pamela Stevenson, Fife Economy Partnership - Making the shortlist of the Business Women Scotland/Womens Enterprise Scotland Awards was fitting recognition for the work and huge commitment Pamela brings to her role.
6 Marie Penman - The former councillor launched new group WTF (Women Together In Fife), rekindled the Fife Yes independence group, worked tirelessly for the foodbank, and led the debate on the opening of a strip club in town.
7 Linda Gourlay - In summer, Linda offered free haircuts to youngsters from low income families going back to school, making sure everyone had the chance to feel confident about returning to classes.
8 Viewforth High pupils - When the FFP called on people in the Kirkcaldy area to show how strong support is for a new cinema, Viewforth pupils went one better by launching their own cinema evenings and got a fantastic response.
9 Rosemary Potter- Part of the fabric of the Old Kirk, an important historic landmark. She spearheaded a Â£100K fundraising campaign for vital repairs, and secured sponsorship for each of the 100 steps to the top of the tower.
10 Todd Dutiaume - 20 years at Fife Flyers makes him the longest serving import in their history and qualifies him for honorary Fifer status. He marked the anniversary by leading them to the first trophy of their Elite League era.
11 Jimmy Bonner - The president of Kirkcaldy Rugby Club has organised the Kirkcaldy Loony Dook on January 1 for the past seven years, raising over Â£20,000 for many worthy causes.
12 Paul Meijer - Retired after a decade as head of Rosslyn School which provides a range of additional support for children aged four to 17. Families admired his dedicated and conscientious approach.
13 James Yorkston - The man who curated some fantastic nights of live music in Kirkcaldy did it again across 2018, bringing an eclectic range of performers to the Adam Smith Theatre, everyone from Phill Jupitus to Justin Currie.
14 Douglas Cameron - An IT and activities volunteer with Childrens Hospices Scotland (CHAS) he was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the Hospice UK Awards for his work in helping to reach, engage and retain more volunteers.
15 Carole-Anne Crossan - The Burntisland Co-op members pioneer has helped raise thousands of Â£s for the towns Christmas lights fund and other charities along with colleagues, and also organised the Great Burntisland Get-Together.
16 Glenn Macnamara - Glenns velvet tones have wowed audiences all over the world, flying the flag for the big band genre. Returning to play packed-out shows in Kirkcaldy shows hes still well remembered at home.
17 Rebecca McGowan - The Kirkcaldy footballer was called up to play for the national side. A former member of Raith Ladies, Rebecca now plays for St Johnstone in the SWPL2.
18 Jonny Adam - The Kirkcaldy driver had another fantastic year in motorsport, winning the British GT Championship for a record-breaking third time in his Aston Martin, making him the most successful driver in the series history.
19 Milo Carter - The brave Auchtertool youngster underwent a life-saving kidney transplant aged 8 with the organ donated by mum Sarah. Soon he was able to go to school with his friends and eat food instead of fed through a tube.
20 Matthew Cobain - The Balwearie High School pupil took centre stage at the Dance School of Scotland following a rigorous audition process involving around 100 young people from all around the country.
21 Bee Parkinson - Bees involvement in the arts locally has been breathtaking. In 2018 she launched an ambitious project to tell the stories of 100 soldiers who took part in conflicts from the First World War to the present day.
22 Terry Brady - Kirkcaldy resident Terry used the current trend of artwork on small stones, and painted cartoon images of the Beatles and hid them around the site where the Carlton once stood - the venue the Fab Four once played.
23 Lorelle Penman - Lorelle runs Lorelle Elizabeth Photography from her studio in Glenrothes and scooped two accolades at the Scottish Wedding Awards, Scottish Wedding Photographer of the year, and the central region award.
24 John Yule - The Kirkcaldy author had a Fringe Festival hit with The Invisible Hand which told the story of our own Adam Smith. Fittingly, it played to full houses in his former Edinburgh residence, Panmure House.
25 Diana Josephs - The owner of the derelict old power station on Victoria Road was finally given permission to bulldoze it. The unloved piece of history gone, she can now forge ahead with plans to develop a key area of the town.
26 Pat Gibson & Lorna Duffin - The co-owners of Potter About Cafe established a fabulous community focal point, and there was much sadness when health issues and care responsibilities saw them reluctantly close its doors in July.
27 Queens Nurses - Three Fifers were named Queens Nurses Gerry Hastie, community mental health nurse, Leven; Lyndsey Forsyth, ADHD nurse specialist, Kirkcaldy, and Pauline Buchanan, community dermatology nurse practitioner.
28 Natalie Paul/Brendan Burns - While some community councils were killed by apathy, Burntisland made great progress, and opened its doors to two local teenagers to get a very different view on local issues.
29 James Mackay, Scotch Whisky Festival - James unveiled plans for the first whisky festival in Kirkcaldy only to hit red tape at the last minute he now plans to bring this new event to Kirkcaldy in 2019.
30 Amby Stanyer-Hunter - Hit the headlines with his protest against the protest against the opening of a strip club, speaking up for those who sought jobs there. He also helped launch a monthly market at the Olympia Arcade.
31 Grace Black - Jazz has been her passion for many, many years, and 2018 saw the singer work tirelessly to get the first ever Kirkcaldy Jazz Festival off the ground. A new event to add to the cultural calendar.
32 Charlene Rosocki - Charlene pushed to set up the Merry Poppins Community Centre on Pentland Place, aiming to bring people together and support people from the community young and old.
33 Thomas Clelland - The Air Gunner from Dysart was 19 years old when, on September 18, 1943 his Halifax BB245 bomber clipped trees before crashing into a village. In 2018 moves were made to remember him with a permanent memorial.
34 Josephine Brydon - Josephine helped galvanise parents to stand up and make their voices heard in the face of cuts to education. She said: Pupils and teachers can only suffer as a result of these budget cuts.
35 Steve Mitchell - Not only did his Buffalo Farm scoop three accolades at the Guild of Fine Foods prestigious Great Taste Awards but he also launched his successful Bothy coffee shop and restaurant in the summer of 2018.
36 Derek Rae - Kirkcaldys marathon runner and Olympian, was named 2018 FPSG Para Athlete of the Year by Scottish Athletics, after winning the T45/46 category at the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup in London in April.
37 Rab Allan - Rabs contribution to good causes in Kirkcaldy can not be underestimated. Hes helped organise fundraising events for things such as hospice supplies, and refurbished old bikes to give to disadvantaged kids.
38 Rab Noakes - A landmark year for the troubador, marking his 50th anniversary in music with a new album, and where better to launch it than the Kingdom - a star-studded gathering too for Anniversaryville at Lochgelly Theatre.
39 Andy Davies - His sculpture with a saltire was loved by many who saw it driving through Kinghorn - well, everyone except the council which made him take it down after a complaint.
40 Leo du Feu, artist - Leos dedication to nature and the environment goes beyond the artwork it inspires. Teaching youngsters about the value of the environment is a lesson that will continue to be learned through their lives.