Time to hit the beach for Kirkcaldy Beach Highland Games this weekend
The organising team behind Kirkcaldy's Beach Highland games are confident that the event will give a boost to the town centre.
After a successful first outing last year the games are set to return to the waterfront this Saturday, attracting competitors from all across Scotland.
And Suzie Hall, co-ordinator at the event organisers Kirkcaldy 4 All, says she is hopeful that spectators will venture into town afterwards.
“There are lots of cafes, bars and restaurants nearby and as the games finish around lunchtime I hope that some of the spectators will take advantage of that.
“So as well as people having a great time at the beach we expect that the town centre will also benefit.”
Alongside the games there will be fitness sessions run by Marie Curie’s Kirkcaldy fundraising group and a number of different stalls, some of which are returning from last year.
Suzie said: “There will be a burger van from Puddledub and Robertson’s will be selling bacon rolls.
“There will also be ice cream vans, craft stalls, community groups and lots more.
“A few of them are coming back having taken part last year because they enjoyed it so much.”
Suzie says there have been a few changes to the set up after lessons were learned from last year.
“The Highland dancers will now be on the Storm Road and the heavy events will take place in the middle of the running track, so it’s more concentrated on one area.
“I think that word has spread about the event so I’m hopeful that we’ll get another great turn out this year for the only beach Highland Games in the UK.”
The day kicks off at 10.45am on Saturday morning with a parade and pipe band along the Storm Road from the Memorial Plaque opposite Volunteers Green and at 11am the official opening ceremony will take place with the Lord Provost of Fife.
There will be a full programme of professional Highland dancing on the Storm Road, with athletic running events and the traditional heavy events down on the beach.
Children are invited to participate in kids races on the beach and Marie Curie Cancer Care will be providing some light aerobics that all can enjoy.