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Note: Seafield Colliery in the background.

Kirkcaldy remains the premier funfair in Scotland, evolving from a charter granted by Edward I in 1304. The original charter allowed the staging of a trading fair in Easter week for the duration of 3 days.

The modern fair now extends to 6 days, and is key event for both the showmen and the locals to Fife. The amusements associated with the fair extend the full length of the Esplanade and into the famous 'basin' - the rides and shows creating an avenue either side of the Esplanade, rather than facing out to the open sea. The Esplanade was built into its current form around 1923, existing before as a single track with little to offer in terms of enjoyment. Developments in 1956 saw the demolition of many of the old buildings facing the sea, and the construction of the new flats.

From my personal collection.

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Taken on June 27, 2008