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Site tops Google list (Jan 1 2006)
 
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Kirsty takes top honour (Dec 27 2005)
 
Lochgelly High School pupil Kirsty Suttie was the prestigious overall winner in the annual Computer Graphics Competition held by the Scottish Technology Teachers.

Debbie chosen for Olympics (Dec 25 2005)
 
Although there was no snow or ice in the town on Christmas Day, Lochgelly resident and current Olympic curling champion Debbie Knox had plenty to celebrate with the news she had been chosen for the GB team to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
 
Lydia calls it a day (Dec 23 2005)
 
Lydia Gorman sold her Bank Street business after 22 years selling a huge variety of goods including pet food and supplies.
 
Sir James steps down (Dec 19 2005)
 
Former Lochgelly resident and Nobel Prize winner Sir James Black anounced he was stepping down as Chancellor of Dundee University after 14 years in office.
 
Major honour for Jennifer (Dec 14 2005)
 
Jennifer Stewart, whose working career started in Lochgelly Post Office, received the Student of the Year prize at the first awards ceremony held by the Adam Smith College. Now a fully-qualified joiner with Fife Council, Jennifer was presented with her award by Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson.

Free travel for OAPs (Dec 12 2005)
 
Lochgelly pensioners, who already enjoy free bus travel and cheap train fares throughout Fife, started to sign up for the new card scheme which will entitle them to free bus travel across the whole of Scotland from next April.
 
Times aren't changing (Dec 8 2005)
 
The Central Fife Times carried news of employees who had given the newspaper company tremendous service including Lochgelly residents Margaret Graham (20 years) and John Blamey (40 years)
 
Sentence to follow (Dec 5 2005)
 
Appeal judges ruled that Lochgelly businessman Ronald Klos, cleared of driving at 156mph on the local regional road, should in fact be sentenced for reckless and culpable conduct.

Greater Lochgelly? (Dec 1 2005)
 
There was a mixed reaction to the shock news that another 1700 houses, expected to sell at 100,000, were planned for Lochgelly as the Edinburgh overspill expands into Fife. The current Lochgelly population figure of  6600 will rise to 10,000 when the houses are built near the loch and 'doon the braes.'   
 
Tam the Gun dies (Nov 25 2005)
 
The funeral took place of world-famous Lochgelly resident Thomas McKay MBE, universally known as Tam the Gun because for many years he had been firing the One o'clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle.
 
Names up in lights (Nov 21 2005)
 
Local pupils once again took part in the annual competition to design Christmas street lights for Lochgelly and the overall winner was Heather Keir. Other winners were Kyle Campbell, Lauren Adams, Rianne Page, Lauren Mitchell, Rebecca Adie, Keira Haxton, Rhys Greig and Sean Hunter.
 
Gelly belly dancing! (Nov 17 2005)
 
Karlila, otherwise known as Isla West, started a bid to have Egyptian belly dancing classes established in Lochgelly Centre. 

Remembering the fallen (Nov 13 2005)
 
There was a huge turn-out and traffic was brought to a standstill as Lochgelly remembered its dead by laying dozens of wreaths at the War Memorial in Bank Street.
 
Diamond day for couple (Nov 6 2005)
 
Lochgelly couple Jimmy and Ina McIntosh celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary on October 31. Both are Lochgelly born and bred and are well known in the town, especially for their involvement with activities at Macainsh  Church.
 
Tribute to Jenny Lee (Nov 3 2005)
 
Lochgelly Labour Party put on an exhibition to the late Jenny Lee, born in the town exactly 101 years ago. Jenny went on to become an MP and eventually a Cabinet Minister in Harold Wilson's government. Jenny's husband, Nye Bevin, established the National Health Service after the Second World War. 

Go-slow imminent (Oct 29 2005)
 
Large areas of Lochgelly will soon be subject to a 20mph speed limit, especially near schools, in a major effort to try and improve road safety. 
 
Derek's golden goal (Oct 22 2005)
 
Lochgelly man Derek Neilson was in the money when he won the competition to predict when his favourite team, Cowdenbeath FC, would notch the 5000th League goal in their 125-year history.  
 
Bulldozers ready again (Oct 20 2005)
 
Plans were given the go-ahead to obliterate another two streets as part of the Lochgelly re-generation programme. Forrester Court and Cook Square residents are being re-housed to enable the demolition squads to move in.
 
Match made at Cowden (Oct 15 2005)
 
Lochgelly couple Donald and Carol Fraser made history when they were married on the pitch at Central Park, home of the groom's beloved Cowdenbeath FC.
 
Skips open for rubbish (Oct 9 2005)
 
A totally revamped Lochgelly Recycling Plant became an instant success with hundreds of people keen to dispose of their rubbish in a responsible manner.
 
Fairtrade honour for town (Oct 2 2005)
 
Members of the Lochgelly and Benarty campaign celebrated the news that the town had been awarded Fairtrade Town Status after a great community effort to promote goods produced by companies paying a fair wage to their workforce.
 
65 reasons to celebrate (Sep 27 2005)
 
Lochgelly residents Robert and Veronica Lindsay celebrated 65 years of marriage with a quiet 'do' at Mossview Nursing Home in South Street.

Chatty Cathy wins title (Sep 20 2005)
 
Lochgelly businesswoman Cathy Simpson took the top honour when she beat Jacky Adams in the final of the annual singles tournament held by Lochgelly Bowling Club. 
 
Alex is town's top man (Sep 16 2005)
 
Charity fund-raiser Alex Lawson was a popular recipient of the Lochgelly "Citizen of the Year" award handed over by Community Council chairman Ernie McPherson.
 
Travellers are staying put (Sep 11 2005)
 
The Scottish Executive voted in favour of an application to transform a large part of Cartmore Industrial Estate into a permanent site for travelling people.

Hawk is caged again (Sep 5 2005)

Brian 'Hawk' Martin, a local criminal who featured regularly in the national press, was back behind bars facing firearm charges after he was arrested at a Tayside caravan park following a nationwide police manhunt.

Blast from the past (Sep 1 2005)

A local teenager sustained burns to his back, legs and arms when an old pit bing flared up and set fire to gorse bushes.

Pam graduates in style (Aug 26 2005)

Former Lochgelly woman Pamela Graham-Jones, whose parents Ronnie and Margaret Graham still live in the town, graduated with a Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Emperor's College in California.

Gregor in tune in Nova Scotia (Aug 20 2005)

Lochgelly musician Gregor Blamey played with the band of the 51st Highland Brigade at the Nova Scotia Military Tattoo in Halifax, recognised as the largest indoor theatrical production in the world.

Top honour for Alex (Aug 19 2005)

Prodigious fund-raiser Alex Lawson has been named as Lochgelly's 'Citizen of the Year' for 2005. Alex and his Millennium Stars have already raised 115,000 for local good causes.

Jim retains garden title  (Aug 18 2005)

 

Lochgelly man Jim Graham of Stewart Crescent again headed the prize list in the annual district landscaped garden competition.

 

Wardens are a wow! (Aug 13 2005)

 

The recently introduced community warden scheme proved a big success in the Lochgelly area. The wardens patrol the streets  and deal with issues such as vandalism, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

 

Lee beats his dey to title (Aug 8 2005)

 

18-year-old Lee Mitchell became the youngest-ever champion of Lumphinnans Bowling Club when he beat his grandad Jim McPherson (76) in the final.

 

Rubbish is recycled (Aug 6 2005)

 

The “tip” on Cartmore Industrial Estate at the foot of Station Road was closed for a few weeks while it was transformed into Lochgelly Recycling Centre.v

Maidens bowl them over (Jul 28 2005)

 

Lochgelly Bowling Club ladies landed a unique hat-trick of victories at the Fife championships held at Kirkcaldy.  Anne Donaldson and Moira Paxton took the pairs title, Val McGregor, Ann Bowie and Cathy Simpson were crowned triples champions while the rink honours went to Betty Johnstone, Jackie Adams, Isa Watson and Margo Mitchell.

 

 

Forth Bridge closed (Jul 24 2005)

 

Lochgelly lost its rail link with Edinburgh for a week after the Forth Bridge was closed for essential repairs, the first time in over a century it had been shut.

 

Sir James honoured again (Jul 19 2005)

 

Former Lochgelly resident Sir James Black, who won the Nobel  Prize for Medicine after discovering beta-blockers, was awarded an honorary degree by Dundee University.

 

Cox couple are 70 not out (Jul 13 2005)

 

Well-known Lochgelly couple Eddie and Rena Cox celebrated 70 years of marriage along with their four sons and  nine surviving daughters plus 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

 

Nurses head for the Amazon (Jul 8 2005)

 

Lochgelly nurses Elaine Stark and Lou Davidson launched a fund-raising appeal to enable them take part in the Amazon Hope Project in 2006 when a customised boat will travel up the river and stop at villages to give medical assistance to the needy.

 

Festival plea (Jul 2 2005)

 

Lochgelly Festival chairman Richard Burns appealed for more  volunteers to help with the 2006 event, saying there were too few committee members left to continue. Despite this problem, this year’s event in the public park was voted a huge success by everyone who attended.

Left high and dry (Jun 28 2005)

 

Over 1,000 residential and business properties in Lochgelly were left high and dry when a water main burst in Cartmore Road and the knock-on effect caused problems for over 24 hours.

 

Jordan tops the poll (Jun 20 2005)

 

Jordan Marr, a prominent roller hockey and ice hockey star, was presented with the Lochgelly 'Young Citizen of the Year'  award by Community Council chairman Ernie McPherson.

 

Queen for a day (Jun 18 2005)

 

Laura Dowie was elected Rose Queen for the annual Lochgelly Children’s Gala Day Parade and Lauren Mathieson and Sherylanne McGuinness were picked to be her attendants.

 

Big guns start blazing (Jun 13 2005)

 

Staff Sergeant Thomas McKay MBE, world famous for firing the one o’clock gun at Edinburgh Castle, started a campaign to keep the Lochgelly War Memorial at its ccurrent site in Bank Street following the news that St Andrews Church is to be sold. Tam the Gun, as he is known, enlisted the help of some prominent townsfolk to back his campaign which has popular support throughout the town.

 

Berry Street building  (Jun 9 2005)

 

After years of discussion the Ore Valley Housing Association received permission to build 11 houses on the north side of Berry Street which is currently wasteland. 

 

Kevin takes Dux prize (Jun 9 2005)

 

Kevin Kinch was presented with the Jack Yuile Memorial Award given annually to the Dux of Lochgelly High School.

 

Klos cleared (Jun 8 2005)

 

Lochgelly businessman Ronald Klos was cleared of driving at 156mph on a local road after the Sheriff hearing the case ruled that the necessary notice of prosecution had not been served on the accused.

 

Purvis puts shirt on Pars  (May 31 2005)

 

Lochgelly businessman Bob Purvis will have his company’s name on the new strips worn by Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Premier League next season.

Leish to the rescue (May 25 2005)

 

Lochgelly legend Jim Leishman rescued his beloved Dunfermline Athletic from Premier League relegation when took over from sacked manager Davie Hay with the Pars bottom of the heap with three games to go. A stunning 5-0 win over Dundee and a late victory over Dundee United ensured survival and earned Leish another spell as manager.

 

Lochgelly news on film (May 20 2005)

 

A century of Lochgelly news taken from the local newspaper is  now on microfilm at the town library thanks to a generous donation from the Alexander Westwater Memorial Trust.

 

Fresh hope for Institute (May 16 2005)

 

The derelict former Lochgelly Miners Welfare Institute in Main Street may have a future after all. Plans are being made to make the building ‘pigeon-proof’ until a rehabilitation application can be made to restore the building to its former glory. Older residents can recall the public library, billiards hall, games room and reading room all housed in the building.

 

New honour for Sir James (May 10 2005)

 

Nobel Prize winner Sir James Black, a former resident of 29 Station Road in Lochgelly, is set to be given the honorary degree of doctor of science, the first time this honour has been conferred by Dundee University. Sir James, who has a Lochgelly street named after him, received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for his work in the developmentt of beta-blockers. 

 

Gordon wins easily (May 5 2005)

 

Chancellor of the Exchequer Dr Gordon Brown easily won the General Election race for the Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy constituency which includes Lochgelly. The Labour big gun was returned with a comfortable majority of 18,216 votes, followed by Alan Bath (SNP) 6062, Alex Hamilton (Lib-Dem) 5450, Stuart Randall (Tory) 4308,  Steve West (SSP) 666, Peter Adams (UKIP) 516, Jim Parker (OAP) 425, Elizabeth Kwantes (Ind) 47, Pat Sargent (Ind) 44.  

 

Diamond day (May 3 2005)

 

Lochgelly couple Jock and Nan Kerr, parents of Ron, Len and Desmond, celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary in Lochgelly Golf Club.

 

Opera House next? (Apr 30 2005)

 

The disused Lochgelly Opera House in Main Street could be the next landmark to be demolished. Kenny and Brenda Ironside,  owners of the successful Mossview care home in South Street for 18 years, want to demolish the Opera House and build a new 40-bed modern care facility on the site.

 

St Andrew’s final service (Apr 24 2005)

 

The last-ever service was held in St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in BankStreet, after  150 years as a place of worship. Two days earlier, it was confirmed that all the houses in Forrester Court and Cook Square would be demolished as part of the regeneration plan for the town.

 

Cap call for Courts (Apr 19 2005)

 

Lochgelly footballer Tom Courts  was named in the Scottish Junior squad to meet Ireland and Wales in a triangular tournament.

Show is huge success (Apr 11 2005)

 

Lochgelly and District Amateur Musical Association marked its 70 years in existence with a spectacular production of ‘Oklahoma’ which played to packed houses during its week-long run at Lochgelly Centre Theatre.

 

Striking memories (Apr 3 2005)

 

A new book entitled Coal Not Dole was published to mark the anniversary of 25 years since the  end of the year-long Miners Strike. Put together by Guthrie Hutton, the book features the Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath communities and is available from Stenlake Publishing, 54-58 Mill Square, Catrine, Ayrshire, KA5 6RD.

 

Lochgelly law man (Mar 31 2005)

 

Lochgelly born Peter Macari (51) was appointed Honorary Teaching Assistant in the school of law at Aberdeen University. He is a specialist in insolvency law.

 

Broadways barred! (Mar 27 2005)
 
Lochgelly publican Kenneth Rosie had his application for a renewal of his licence for Broadways Bar, adjacent to the former Opera House, rejected by the  licensing board.
 
St Andrew's no more (Mar 25 2005)
 
After serving the community for over 150 years, St Andrew's will cease to operate as a church following the amalgamation of  Lochgelly and Benarty into the new St Serf's parish.
 
GB honour for Jordan (Mar 22 2005)
 
Lochgelly lad Jordan Marr was selected for the GB under-14 roller hockey squad to travel to a tournament in New Orleans. He  was also chosen to represent  his country at ice hockey in Sweden. 
 
Lottery scam (Mar 19 2005)
 
Fife Police advised people in the Lochgelly area to be on their guard against fraudulent letters, e-mails and phone calls telling recipients they had won a lottery prize. One local pensioner lost 23,000 in the scam.
 
Safety measures (Mar 16 2005)
 
Lochgelly motorists will soon be facing their first 20mph speed limit zones which will come into force in Station Road around St Patrick's Primary School and also at Lochgelly High School. 
 
Death of Andrew Rodger (Mar 12 2005)
 
Lochgelly lost one of its most popular tradesman with the death of painter and decorator Andrew Rodger at his home in Melgund Place. A conscientious perfectionist, Andrew carried on his succesful business in the town for several decades and will be sorely missed. A real gentleman.

Marching with pride (Mar 11 2005)
 
The Black Watch said a nostalgic 'thank you' to the people of Lochgelly for their support during the invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of locals turned out to see the impressive sight of a 250-strong battalion march right through the town to Lochore, passing the Glencraig home of Kevin McHale, one of four young soldiers from the area who sadly lost their liives during the conflict.
 
Cooking up a winner (Mar 8 2005)
 
Lochgelly chef Alan Cuthill took a creditable third place in the Scottish finals of the Association of Care Catering Competition.
 
New-look Timmons Park (Mar 5 2005)
 
An extensive selection of new equipment was opened for use at Timmons Park play area, more than 50 years after the park first had a few swings and a 'cheese-cutter' installed. 
 
Cowden are tops (Mar 3 2005)
 
Torley's Bar in Lochgelly hosted the first-ever Fife Shield to find out the cleverest football fans in Fife. Teams representing Cowdenbeath FC finished first and second. 
 
Star turns top 100,000 (Mar 3 2005) 
 
A group of charity fund-raisers based in Lochgelly passed a notable milestone when they achieved their first goal of collecting 100,000 for local good causes. Alex Lawsons Millennium Stars have 20 acts covering  a wide variety of talents. 
 
Snow closes schools (Mar 1 2005)
 
Heavy snowfalls by Lochgelly standards (four or five inches) caused nearly 150 schools and nurseries to be closed for a couple of days.

Congregations unite (Feb 27 2005)
 
The Lochgelly congregations of St Andrews and Macainsh Churches united with Ballingry and Lochcraig Chuch to form St Serf's Church which will worship from two buildings, one in Ballingry and one in Lochgelly.
 
Twins win awards (Feb 23 2005)
 
Lochgelly resident Dick Campbell and his identical twin Ian made football history when they both won 'manager of the month' awards. Dick is boss of Partick Thistle while Ian is in charge of Brechin City
 
Marion's milestone (Feb 18 2005)
 
Marion McGuire, affectionately known as Mrs Cuddles, received a host of gifts to mark her completion of 25 years service to the Sunflower Nursery in Melgund Place.
 
Death of John Dick (Feb 13 2005)
 
Popular local businessman John Dick died at the age of 77. A former councillor and Justice of the Peace, he was best known as a saddler, producing the world-famous Lochgelly tawse, or 'the belt' as locals called it
 

Baptists celebrate (Feb 12 2005)
 
A series of events and musical evenings were held in Lochgelly Baptist Church in Station Road to celebrate the church's 95th anniversary in the town.
 
Some day for Lena (Feb 4 2005)
 
Famous singer Lena 'One Day at a Time' Martell topped the bill at Torleys Function Suite in Lochgelly High Street but also took time to present a 5000 National Lottery Award to the local Funrazers group formed to raise money for local good causes.
 
A near miss (Feb 2 2005)
 
The employees of Regal Rubber, based in Lochgelly's Cartmore Industrial Estate, scored a near miss in the National Lottery draw but still shared a payout of 73,238 between 17 of them.
 
Oklahoma comes to town (Jan 29 2005)
 
Lochgelly Amateur Musical Association announced that Elinor Burns and Gary Gibb would play the leading roles in Oklahoma, the choice for the Association's annual production in Lochgelly Centre Theatre.
 
New charity based in town (Jan 24 2005)
 
A charitable organisation, Furniture Plus, announced it would be opening its doors at the former public house premises at the foot of High Street. The charity repairs second-hand furniture and recycles it back into the community at reasonable prices.
 
Pupils eye up Peru (Jan 17 2005)
 
Seven pupils from Lochgelly High School continued their fund-raising efforts in order to make the trip of a lifetime to Peru. Darren Forbes, Adam Ross, Colleen Dougary, William Clarke, Hazel Campbell, Fiona Harley and Kirsty Gardiner  will leave in July for a trip which includes a stay in a Peruvian community.

Shuttle success (Jan 12 2005)
 
The Lochgelly youth badminton team won the prestigious Seafield Cup tournament for the first time. The winning line-up was Reece McKenna, Kira Grant, Abby Scott and Jed Mitchell
 
Still the cheapest (Jan 8 2005)
 
Official figures showed Lochgelly had retained its title as the least expensive place to buy a house in Britain with an average price of 60,885 an increase of 11percent on 2003.
 
Dorothy's good deed (Jan 3 2005)
 
Dorothy Robertson, popular manageress of Giacopazzi's store in Motion Street, raised an amazing total of  1575 for Cancer Research in her first fund-raising effort after beating breast cancer.

Happy, but quiet, New Year (Jan 1 2005)
 
Lochgelly had its quietest-ever welcome to the New Year despite the sporadic outburst of fireworks after the bells. First-footers were few and far between as most folk preferred to watch the Hogmanay shows on TV. 
 
Tsunami escape (Dec 26 2004)
 
Rev Jim Watson, a former minister of Lochgelly Baptist Church, had a lucky escape when the tsunami disaster hit Sri Lanka as an unscheduled preaching engagement delayed his arrival at his holiday hotel which was totally destroyed.
 
Moira calls it a day (Dec 24 2004)
 
Dispenser Moira Neilson retired after a lifetime of service to  town centre chemists Leadbetters, Paxtons, Crawfords and then Peter Monaghan for the last 20 years. 
 
Two jailed for homicide (Dec 17 2004)
 
Lochgelly men Neil Dougal and Mark Hunter were found guilty of the culpable homicide of a Dunfermline man they believed was a paedophile. They were each jailed for ten years.

Chancellor opens nursery (Dec 13 2004)
 
Dr Gordon Brown, the local MP and Chancellor of  the Exchequer, opened a new private nursery, Noah's Ark, at the foot of Auchterderran Road in Lochgelly.
 
Tribute to Jimmy (Dec 11 2004)
 
Jimmy McIntosh, a stalwart of the popular 'drop-in' at Macainsh Church ever since it started 17 years ago, was presented with a cheque as a tribute on his retiral as organiser.
 
Albert hit six (Dec 8 2004)
 
Lochgelly Albert scored their biggest win of the season when they won 6-1 at Steelend. The goals came from Stuart Jaffa (2), Stevie McBain (2), Andy Barratt and Lee Celentano.
 
Travellers plans (Dec 6 2004)
 
The long-running saga of the dozens of travelling people parked on land at Cartmore Industrial Site took a new twist when it was announced a public inquiry will be held into proposals to make the site permanent.
 
Margaret calls it a day (Dec 4 2004)
 
Margaret Brown, a medical receptionist at Lochgelly Health Centre ever since it opened, received several gifts on her retiral.
 
Praise for Peter (Dec 1 2004)
 
Lochgelly man Peter Baird, paralysed from the neck down for the last 16 years, earned praise for his efforts in raising 900 in aid of Forfar man Kevin Christie who had suffered a similar injury earlier this year.

From the Gelly to Chicago (Nov 26 2004)
 
Lochgelly singer Donna Hazelton earned a role in the musical Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End after competing in a TV show which attracted thousands of entrants from all over Britain.
 
 
Historic match (Nov 20 2004)
 
Lochgelly enthusiast Tam Taylor was match secretary when Ballingry Rovers hosted Hill of Beath at Ore Park in Glencraig in the first-ever Fife Junior League match played under floodlights. Rovers lost 3-1. 
 
 
Top honour for Arthur (Nov 21 2004)
 
Arthur Nevay, who owned a hairdressing business in Lochgelly for over half a century, was inducted into the international Hall of Fame by Organisation Mondiale Coiffure at a ceremony held in Milan.
 
 
Legend in Lochgelly (Nov 20 2004)
 
Drummer Carl Palmer, a member of legendary group Emerson, Lake and Palmer which sold over 35 million records, appeared with his own band at the Lochgelly Centre.
 
 
Good old Goodalls (Nov 19 2004)
 
Lochgelly couple Ian and Carol Goodall celebrated their 40th birthdays by asking friends and relations to donate cash to charity instead of giving presents and a magnificent sum of  2400 was raised.
 
 
Festival appeal (Nov 18 2004)
 
A major appeal for finaacial help was launched by organisers of the Lochgelly Festival gala day after it was revealed funds were low following the theft of a generator which would cost 800 to replace.
 
 
Amber is switched on (Nov 16 2004)
 
Lochgelly girl Amber Reid was the top prize-winner in a schools competition to design the new Christmas lights which will be installed in the town. Others whose efforts were recognised were Keira Haxton, Scott Young, Billy Scobie, Hayley Duncan, Leo Fong, Amber Bathgate, Michaela Spacey, Stuart Gilley, Scott Gilfillan and Mark Gallacher. 
 
 
Tributes to the fallen (Nov 14 2004)
 
Residents turned out in force for the annual Remembrance Sunday service held at the War Memorial in Bank Street and a total of 24 poppy wreaths were laid as a tribute to the fallen.
 

Funeral of war hero (Nov 10 2004)
 
Lochgelly, sadly, featured on every national TV channel as private Kevin McHale, one of four Fife soldiers killed in Iraq recently, was buried with full Black Watch military honours at Lochgelly Cemetery after an emotional ceremony at St Patrick's Church which was packed to capacity.

Tot Idol winners (Nov 4 2004)
 
Tot Idol, a new slant on the old bonny baby competitions, announced that the winners of the Lochgelly district contest were Brodie Davidson and Isla Stewart of Lochgelly and Rachael O'Donnell from Ballingry.
 
Biddy saga at an end (Oct 28 2004)
 
The lengthy saga involving Fife Council's attempts to evict 77-year-old pensioner Biddy Rush from her derelict house in Glencraig ended in bizarre circumstances. A truce was called on eviction day after Biddy, backed by local protesters, agreed to move out and spend her lifeesavings on repairing the property. The next night the house was destroyed by fire and a day later the house was demolished and every last brick removed

Pupil Council (Oct 23 2004)

 

Members of Lochgelly South School’s Pupil Council were – Bailey McKinnon, Mili Copeland, Jake Fairhurst, Cally Waugh, Kieran Campbell, Natasha Canning, Nicole Howieson, Ryan Carrie, Conor Watt, Michael Scullion, Leo Fong, Jon Davidson, Steven Johnstone, Rebecca Young.

 

Old soldier laid to rest (Oct 21 2004)

 

The remains of Lochgelly soldier John Robert Thomson, found in a private garden in Belgium in 1998, were re-interred in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ieper. He was identified by his Gordon Highlanders badge and a knife bearing his initials. John worked in the Jubilee Tavern before joining up in 1915.

 

Avenue ripped up again (Oct 16 2004)

 

Earlier this year road calming measures were put on The Avenue following complaints from residents about speeding drivers. Work has now started  on changing the road humps following complaints  from residents who experienced excessive noise and damage to their cars.

 

Albert lose Cup tie (Oct 14 2004)

 

Lochgelly Albert fell at the first hurdle in the OVD Scottish Junior Cup when they went down 3-0 in their first-round match at Cumbernauld.

 

Lighting up Lochgelly (Oct 13 2004)

 

The total absence of official Christmas lights in Lochgelly has been a sore point for years as Fife Council concentrated on Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath. However, this year  collecting buckets for donations were placed in the Co-op store to give local folk the chance to bring some festive light to the town.

 

Piper is star turn (Oct 9 2004)

 

Dale Glencross, a former member of Lochgelly High School pipe band, was a star turn at the “Declaration of Calton Hil,” an alternative event to the official opening of the new Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

Guiding lights (Oct 2 2004)
 
Lochgelly and District Guides presented long-service awards to May Kirby, Elizabeth Hunter and Shirley Duncan on completion of ten  years service.
 
Sharp exit (Oct 1 2004)
 
Following the demise of traditional drapers such as the Co-op, Addisons and Afflecks in the town, Lochgelly folk headed  to Sharps in Cowdenbeath over the decades. That habit ended after current owner Bill Lewellyn announced  he was closing the business which had been on the High Street for 94 years.
 
Bridge tribute (Sep 30 2004)
 
Local historian Lillian King organised a 'Forty Forth' exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Road Bridge. She also published a new book "Buillding the Bridge."
 
New lease of life (Sep 27 2004)
 
The massive petro-chemical plant sited on Lochgelly's doorstep at Mossmorran was guaranteed new work which will  last for at least another 15 years/
 
New furniture store (Sep 24 2004)
 
Permission was granted to turn the former public house (Auld Inn, Uncle Toms, Hendersons etc) at the bottom  of Lochgelly High Street into a charity furniture store.
 
Wind farm proposed (Sep 23 2004)
 
Plans have been submitted to Fife Council for the creation of a 11million wind farm situated on the Raiith Estate to the south of Lochgelly.
 

Out of the Ark (Sep 21 2004)

 

Four-year-old Callum Smith was the first-ever ‘graduate’ from  Lochgelly’s new nursery, Noah’s Ark, situated at the east end of Auchterderran Road.

 

Slimline Leanne (Sep 20 2004)

 

Lochgelly woman Leanne Schiavone was named the town’s Lifestyle Slimmer Summer Sizzler after shedding 31lbs in a few months.

 

Publican censured (Sep 17 2004)

 

Kenneth Rosie, licensee of  Broadways Public House sited next to the old Opera House in Main Street, was severely  censured by the Licensing Board after being banned from driving following a conviction for being in charge of a car while over the drinks limit.

 

Honoured at last (Sep 16 2004)

 

Alexander Johnstone Morton, a former Lochgelly man who died in the line of police duty in 1853, had his name included in a memorial plaque unveiled by Princess Anne at  the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan.

 

Playtime at the West (Sep 14 2004)

 

Pupils at Lochgelly West Primary School had their grim surroundings brightened up by the opening of a new playground partly financed by  the School Fund which was enhanced by substantial contributions from parents and friends.

 

Concern over Library (Sep 12 2004)

 

There was mounting concern in the town over the future of Lochgelly Library, based in East Main Street for nearly 40 years after moving from the now derelict Miners’ Institute. Hopes had previously been expressed that the library could return to the Institute but  the latest plans will see the demolition of the present premises and a move  to the Lochgelly Centre.

Golden day (Sep 2, 2004)
 
Lochgelly couple Willie and Catherine Dow of Adam Place, celebrated their Golden Wedding day on 26th  August. Willie, registered blind, is a familiar figurre in the town with his guide dog Howard.
 
Dentist shocker (Sep 1 2004)
 
Every person in Lochgelly was shocked by the news that the towns only dental practice, started by George Nicol in Bank Street over 60 years ago, was leaving the Natiional Health Service and going private.  
 
Jim is tops again (Aug 25 2004)
 
Lochgelly gardener Jim Graham again headed the West Fife annual prize list when he lifted the Foote Cup for the best landscaped flower  garden in the Ballingry, Lochore, Crosshill, Glencraig, Lochgelly and Lumphinnans areas.
 
Gordon is main man (Aug 20 2004)
 
Award-winning entertainer Gordon Malvenan, of Wilson Street, was named as Lochgelly's 'Citizen of the Year' for 2004 and will be presented with the Andrew Liindsay Trophy.
 
Rovers first-ever game (Aug 17 2004)
 
Ballingry Rovers played their first-ever junior football match but unfortunately lost 1-0 to Crossgates Primrose in the game at Ore Parrk in Glencraig.
 
Jim is top bowler (Aug 16 2004)
 
The new Lochgelly Bowling Club champion is Jim Gilruth after he beat Len Kerr in the final. The beaten semi-finalists were Bill Paul and Alex Glasgow.
 
New nursery opens (Aug 15 2004)
 
Fife's newest  private children's nursery, Noah's Ark, opened on a site at the east end of Auchterderran Road, opposite the Jubilee Hotel.
 
Plans for Violet site (Aug 8 2004)
 
After several years of dereliction, plans were put forward to transform the former Violet petrol station in Lumphinnans Road into a car sales venue.

Albert’s new opponents (Aug 4 2004)

 

Lochgelly Albert will be facing new opponents in the junior league this season even although their rivals have been in existence  for 48 years and their park is less than a mile from Lochgelly. Ballingry Rovers have joined the junior ranks and will be based at Ore Park in Clune Terrace at Glencraig. So now we have Ballingry playing in Glencraig, Lochore playing  in Crosshill and Benarty playing in Ballingry!

 

Biddy saga ends (Aug 3 2004)

 

The long-running saga of 77-year-old pensioner Biddy Rush, who had refused to leae her condemned propery near the Lochgelly boundary at Glencraig, came to a conclusion before the press and TV cameras. Fife Council formally carried out the eviction order after Biddy backed down and moved into a nearby caravan  while local buillding company FSEW carry out their exceptionally generous offer to renovate her beloved Largo Cottages free of charge.

 

Bottom of the tick list (Aug 1 2004)

 

It was reported that Lochgelly had the second worst credit rating in Scotland, “beaten” only by Forres. The report added that communities hit by the decline in traditional industries such as coal mining were also the hardest hit by poverty levels.

 

Gordon is the champ (Jul 28 2004)

 

Lochgelly grandad Gordon Malvenan was crowned Britains most talented pensioner when he was voted winner of the nationwide Silver Stars contest at Southport. Gordon enthralled the 2000 audience with his songs and was voted best of the 18 finalists.

 

Fife champions (Jul 25 2004)

 

Lochgelly’s rink of Val McGregor, Betty Johnstone, Cathy Simpson and skip Marie Paxton won the Fife ladies fours championships at Anstruther.

 

 

Ernie’s good turn (Jul 23 2004)

 

Lochgelly farmer Ernie McPherson promised the use of the former Auld Inn public house at the bottom of High Street to charity venture Furniture Plus which provides furniture at rock-bottom prices to people on the poverty line.

 

A million miles (Jul 19 2004)

 

Lochgelly company FFDR, Scotland’s biggest all-trades contractor, has clocked up a million miles in a year on the road on behalf of its customers. Sole director Ronnie Klos said it was a major milestone for the company he started with  one vehicle in 1998 in the former Cinema-de-Luxe premises in  Bank Street.

 

Newsagents’ farewell (Jul 15 2004)

 

Angus and  Liz Stewart retired after 18 years running their newsagents business at the corner of Bank Steet and Auchterderran Road. They purchased the shop from previous owner Douglas Dickson  when he moved into the licensed trade at Torley’s in High Street.

 

Final defeat (Jul 10 2004)

 

The Lochgelly trio of Jessie Young, Anne Bowie and Cathy Simpson (skip) battled through to the final of the Scottish Womens Bowling triples champioships only to lose out to their Grangemouth opponents. The Lochgelly rink of Gordon Scott, Steven Bowers, Alan Scott and Jim Gilruth  returned with the top trophy at the West Fife championship finals.

 

Jim is top man (Jul 5 2004)

 

Central Fife Times editor Jim Stark was installed as president  of Cowdenbeath Rotary Club. Jim joined the Times staff in 1973 as a junior reporter and succeeded the late Jack Dougary as editor in 1989.

 

Festival success (Jul 1 2004)

 

A downpour during the parade to West End Park did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of youngsters who attended another successful Lochgelly Community Festival. Lochgelly Public Brass Band, celebrating 150 years since it was formed, led the parade in which pride of place went  to  Rose Queen Paige Philbin, attendants Claire Wright and Gillian Burnett and page Brian Cusick along with junior citizen of  the year Marie Bonnar.

 

Charity marathon (Jul 1 2004)

 

It was revealed that Lochgelly father and son Jim and Lee Mitchell had raised over 4000 for charity after completing a bowls marathon around 35 clubs in Fife. Lee, whose foot had to be amputated during his cancer treatment, and his dad defied poor weather to raise the magnificent sum for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Teen Cancer Fund.

 

Plans on hold (Jun 30 2004)

 

An application to build six houses at the  junction of Launcherhead Road and Station Road was continued to allow a site visit by the council representatives. The land has lain derelict for decades after black damp was dsicovered in the previous dwelling.

Snooker champs (Jun 28 2004)
 
Lochgelly brothers Bernie and Neil McGurk potted their way to victory in the British police snooker championships doubles event at Great Yarmouth.
 
High School Dux (Jun 27 2004)
 
Sam Robertson received the Jack Yuile Memorial Award after being named dux of Lochgelly High School by rector Brian Blanchflower. 
 
Best recruit (Jun 26 2004)
 
Lochgelly teenager Dean Forsyth made an immediate impact on joining the Black Watch, lifting trophies for best recruit and also best PE recruit. Dean was also promoted to junior sergeeant in his training platoon.
 
Lighting up Lochgelly (Jun 25 2004)
 
In past years it has been left to the individual residents to provide lights over the festive period but a new scheme to have Christmas lights on the streets of Lochgelly is proving a success with over 9000 being raised of the 15,000 required.
 
Magnificent Marie (Jun 24 2004)
 
Birnie Street teenager Marie Bonnar was elected Lochgelly's 'Young Citizen of the Year' for  her unstinting support for other less capable people.
 
Archie wins for Labour (Jun 22 2004)
 
Local man Archie Lowe retained the Lumphinnans and Lochgelly South seat for Labour in the Fife Council elections. Full result - Archie Lowe (Labour) 462, Joe Paterson (SNP) 319, Ernie McPherson (Independent) 297, Lorna Bett (Scottish Socialists) 72, Timothy Storer (Scot Lib-Dems) 24, Paul Callaghan (Tories) 19, James Parker (Pensioners) 18.
 
End of an era (Jun 21 2004)
 
Lochgelly resident Ken Sung applied for planning permission to open a takeaway restaurant at the Main Street premises opposite Macainsh Church which had been a bookmakers shop for around half a century.

Bill is back in town (Jun 20 2004)
 
Legendary Lochgelly runner Bill Robertson was back in town and his visit from Australia's Gold Coast coincided with the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking win in the famous Jedburgh Sprint. Bill was one of only two Lochgelly men, the other being Jimmy Kirk, who won the British half-mile championship title. On another memorable occasion, Bill won all seven events at the Hebridean Games on the same day in 1968.
 
Olympic dream (Jun 20 2004)
 
World-class curler Debbie Knox brought a rare Olympic gold to Lochgelly two years ago and now another young lady with Lochgelly connections hopes to make a similar impact in 2006. Teenager Melinda Cleland, grand-daughter of Lochgelly ped Bill Robertson, has already represennted Australia as a gymnast in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics and incredibly is now in the Aussie aerial ski-ing squad preparing for the Winter Olympics.

Cup for Colts (Jun 16 2004)
 
Lochgelly Albert Colts 19s won the League Cup with a fine 4-0 win over Burntisland Shipyard, the goals coming from Lee Celentano, Alan Keenan (2) and Alan Mayne. Paul Davidson and Lee Celentano took the player of the seson awards.
 
Bowling for fun (Jun 10 2004)
 
The Ladies Section of Lochgelly Bowling Club celebrated their 40th anniversary with a fun night and the winning rink was Kate Brown, Cathy Simpson, Berta Wilson and Andy Greenhorn.
 
Gordon hits winning note (Jun 8 2004)
 
Popular local entertainer Gordon Malvenan  raised the roof when he was a worthy winner of the Scottish final of the 'Silver Stars' talent competition held in Ayrshire. Gordon's selection  of  'Annies Song,' 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Route 66' and 'Roll over Beethoven' delighted the audiences - and the judges - and he now goes through to the British final at Southport in July.
 
Local artist in spotlight (Jun 7 2004)
 
Harry Glen, a Lochgelly-born artist, staged a  major exhibition of his work in the Lochgelly Centre. Called 'Reflections' the  works of art traced Harry's early life in Lochgelly to his current life in Glasgow.
 
Change in boundaries (Jun 6 2004)
 
Chancellor Gordon Brown was selected as the Labour candidate for the new parliamentary constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath which will embrace Lochgelly and district.
 
Diamond Day (Jun 3 2004)
 
Well-known Lochgelly couple Jim and Agnes Ferguson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
 
Top players (Jun 2 2004)
 
Sam Courts was named 'player of the year' by Lochgelly Albert Colts under-17 team and the other award winners were Matt Wyse, Gary Gilruth, William Fotheringham and Mark Adie.At another function, Lochgelly United picked Chris Black as their top man and awards also went to Ross Calder, Liam Parish, Campbell Salmond and John Farmer.

Bryan is top man (May 31 2004)
 
Local footballer Bryan Gilfillan received the "Times Trophy" after being voted "Player of the Year" by Cowdenbeath fans. He also picked up the prize for "goal of the season" after his strikes filled the top three spots in the voting.
 
Olympic honour (May 31 2004)
 
Local  running legend Jimmy Bryce was invited to carry the Olympic torch on part of its journey to Athens for this year's Olympics.
 
Death of a writer (May 27 2004)
 
The local "Times" newspaper carried the final contribution from prolific letter writer Jas McGhee, who died at the age of 81.
 
Dividend boost (May 27 2004)
 
The reintroduction of the legendary Co-op dividend scheme has proved a big hit with Lochgelly shoppers who shared an 18,000 bonanza while another 600 was donated to local charities.
 
Samba time in the Gelly! (May 25 2004)
 
Brazilian Rosie Nelson, a resident in the town, started the first-ever samba class in Lochgelly Centre's new dance studio and the session was greatly enjoyed by a group of local women.
 
Vandals hit nursery (May 20 2004)
 
Staff at the Lochgelly Sunflower Nursery in Melgund Place were horrified to  discover that vandals had wrecked the children's garden area which had only been developed a few weeks earlier.
 
Band is 150 not out (May 15 2004)
 
Lochgelly Brass Band celebrated its 150th anniversary with a reunion and concert in Lochgelly Centre. 92-year-old former member Jimmy Sinclair was in attendance along with Dave Bennison who has been playing with the Lochgelly band for 56 years and is still going strong.
 
Youths win golf title (May 8 2004)
 
The Lochgelly Golf Club team of D. Garvie, F Sneddon, R. Campbell and G. Guild won the Fife Boys team championships.
 
Hero awarded medal (May 5 2004)
 
A former Lochgelly High School pupil, Peter Laing, received the Military Cross from Her Majesty the Queen for his gallantry  while serving with the Black Watch in Iraq last year.

A bridge not too far (May 1 2004)
 
A handsome sum was raised for charity when six employees of Lochgelly's Purvis Group walked six times over the Forth Road Bridge. The fund-raisers were Christine Bell, Linda Watson, Katrina Struzik, June Hepburn, Mary Martin and Shirley Morris.
 
Gordon goes through (Apr 28 2004)
 
Lochgelly entertainer Gordon Malvenan was a popular winner of the regional "Silver Stars" competition when his rendition of "Annie's Song" impressed the national judges at Lochgelly Centre Theatre.
 
Conrad's wonder goal (Apr 26 2004)
 
A wonder goal from Lochgelly lad Conrad Courts wasn't enough to prevent Hill of Beath losing 4-3 to Carnoustie Panmure in the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final at McDiarmid Park in Perth. Tayport beat Glenrothes 1-0 in the other semi-final at Starks Park.

Plea from Toronto (Apr 24 2004)
 
 
Mrs Horne of Toronto, formerly Anne Farmer of Stewart Crescent and  Gordon Street, has been in touch to say she would love to hear from anyone in Lochgelly which she left in 1963. Her parents Dave and May are now deceased but Anne remembers well their neighbours called Quinn and Burden in Stewart Crescent as well as her grandparents homes in Inchgall Avenue and Small Street. Anne would like to hear from anyone in  Lochgelly and can be emailed at jhorne1@rogers.com

Mining website (Apr 24 2004)
 
Allthough all the coal pits in Fife are gone, memories of the mining industry remain strong and a national source of archive information will be collated on www.mineral.org.uk
 
Meedies boost (Apr 22 2004)
 
Lochore Meadows Country Park, a  very popular leisure destination for Lochgelly residents, is to benefit from a share of a 9million lottery grant to improve facilities. Lochgelly High School pipe band also received 5000 from the same source.
 
Flocking to the Links (Apr 17 2004)
 
Hundreds of Lochgelly folk were among the estimated 350,000 visitors  to Kirkcaldy for the annual  Links Market which was celebrating  its 700th anniversary.
 
Good news for gala (Apr 12 2004)
 
A last-minute decision was taken to start planning for the annual Lochgelly Community Festival despite the difficulty experienced by the organisers in recruiting volunteers to help on the big day.
 
History-makers! (Apr 7 2004)
 
Lochgelly High School, one of the smallest with a roll of 900, made history when their under-16 football team reached their first-ever Scottish Cup final by beating Glasgow side St Andrew's 2-1 thanks to goals from Stuart McGaulley and Sam Bratchie. The other members of the squad were  Dale Wotherspoon, Ross Dow, Colin Grandison, Colin Feeley, Mark McCormack, Graham Guild, Graham Moore, Michael Belton, Mark Kinnell, Scott Mayne, Michael Foy, Greg Haddow, Mark Mahmood and Graham Dryburgh. 
 
Labour pays tribute (Apr 5 2004)
 
Local Labour Party stalwarts David Campbell, Colin Gibb and Jeannie Jackson were honoured for their long-term commitment at a function held in the Adam Smith Centre in Kirkcaldy and attended by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.
 
Safer roads plea (Apr 2 2004)
 
Peter Macari, press officer for Lochgelly Labour Party, called for urgent road  measures to be taken in the vicinity of St Patrick's and Lochgelly South primary schools to slow down the ever-increasing volume of traffic.

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Tribute to a legend (Mar 31 2004)
 
Exiles and locals who are familiar with the tragic story of Celtic keeper Johnny Thomson must pay a visit to the site www.thethomsonlegend.com to find out more about a wonderful book written by Tom Greig. The newly-published book, entitled "My Search for Celtic's John" gives a fascinating insight into Johnny's short life and, of course, features many local  personalities and landmarks.
 
Reverend returns (Mar 30 2004)
 
Rev Bill Milton will make a nostalgic return to Lochgelly Baptist Church to take the morning service on April 4, almost 25 years to the day since he was inducted as minister.
 
Another one goes (Mar 27 2004)
 
Already without a petrol station in the town, Lochgelly motorists were dealt another blow with the news that their nearest  garage - in Crosshill - had closed overnight meaning that a trip to Cowdenbeath is now necessary to purchase petrol.
 
Ground-breaking move (Mar 25 2004)
 
Lochgelly company FFDR, which specialises in salvaging properties on behalf of the insurance industry, gained widespread national publicity when sole director Ronnie Klos announced their intention to carry out compulsory breathalyser tests on its fleet of drivers.
 
Lochgelly rocks! (Mar 23 2004)
 
Lochgelly Centre Theatre rocked to the music of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Queen and Eric Clapton as tribute bands took the stage for a series of concerts.
 
Time up for Broadways (Mar 16 2004)
 
A late-night drinking licence application for Broadways function suite in Main Street was rejected following police objections listing several incidents.
 
Showtime looms (Mar 14 2004)
 
Lochgelly and District Musical Association were reported to be in full rehearsal for their forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls under the team of Margaret Paul (producer), John Baillie (musical director) and Zoe Miller (choreographer). The show will be staged at Lochgelly Centre from April 12-17.

Snakes alive! (Mar 10 2004)
 
Lochgelly firefighters got more than they bargained for when they dashed along the road to Lumphinnans to tackle a blaze in a flat. The only occupant of the premises was a seven-foot long boa constrictor which was duly rescued by an SSPCA officer.
 
Gala day in doubt (Mar 7 2004)
 
Following a poor response to a public appeal for helpers, it was revealed that the annual Lochgelly Festival might not  take place on the fourth  of July. Last year 2500 people, nearly half the population, turned out for the parade and events in West End Park but the committee have refused to book facilities for this summer until more support is forthcoming.
 
Lizzie passes 100 mark (Mar 4 2004)
 
Well-known Lochgelly woman Lizzie Baxter of Watters Crescent was the centre of attraction when she celebrated her 100th birthday at a nursing home in Glenrothes.
 
Lighting up Lochgelly (Mar 1 2004)
 
After years of watching Cowdenbeath hog all the official Christmas street decorations, an appeal was launched for 20,000 to decorate ten lamp-posts in Bank Street, Lochgelly. Additional running costs will be 2500 per year but most people in the town were of the same opinion about the plan which was "Seeing is believing."
 
Lydia's milestone (Feb 26 2004)
 
Popular local shopkeeper Lydia Gorman celebrated 20 years of successful trading with her pet store/fancy goods shop in Bank Street in the premises once occupied by licensed grocers Fraser & Carmichael.
 
David directs the show (Feb 24 2004)
 
Lochgelly man David Hunter was again  in the news when he was director of HMS Pinafore staged by the Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society in the Adam Smith Theatre. David has already worked with Scottish Opera  and is heading for Japan where he will study Noh Theatre.
 
Lumphinnans to London (Feb 19 2004)
 
Actress Geraldine Ann Porterfield made her professional stage debut at the Courtyard Theatre in London, having graduated with honours at King Alfred's College in Winchester. She is a former pupil of Lumphinnans Primary School.
 
Bingo! (Feb 16 2004)
 
Talk of the town was the fact that a retired lorry driver from Cardenden had won over 100,000 playing bingo at a local club. The jackpot winner preferred to remain anonymous but revealed he was heading for Albuquerque to visit one of his daughters.

Tennis a smash hit again (Feb 13 2004)
 
The sport of tennis, at one time a popular pastime in Lochgelly Public Park, made an unexpected return to the town when West Fife coach Norman McGlinchey visited Lochgelly South Primary School to conduct some coaching  sessions.
 
Bruce is still best (Feb 8 2004)
 
Lochgelly-based badminton star Bruce Flockhart won his eighth Scottish national singles title with a comfortable victory over Dave Forbes in the  final at Perth. Another Lochgelly star, Fiona Sneddon, was beaten in the womens singles final.
 
Grierson's golden day (Feb 5 2004)
 
The Central Fife Times carried a colour  picture and a  short article on Lochgelly couple Tam and Mary Grierson who had recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

End of the Queens Arms (Feb 1 2004)
 
The final traces of the derelict Queens Arms Hotel were removed from the site at the Cross in Main Street in the latest phase of Lochgelly's regeneration programme. The whole block at the corner of  the old Knockhill Close was demolished.

Snow much snow! (Jan 28 2004)
 
The dire warnings of prolonged blizzards arriving from Canada and the Arctic proved very much exaggerated as Lochgelly was hit by a snowstorm which lasted a mere 20 minutes.
 
Dryburgh Place demolished (Jan 20 2004)
 
Dryburgh Place, the three-storey block  of flats at the start of North Street, finally bit the dust in mid-January after lying in a state of disrepair for several months.
 
Albert out of Scottish (Jan 15 2004)
 
Lochgelly Albert's  impressive run in the  OVD Scottish Junior Cup came to an abrupt  halt when  they lost 6-1 at Glenrothes after defender George Johnstone and keeper Graeme Stewart were sent off. The Albert, however, bounced back the following week wiith an astonishing 7-3 victory over Dundonald Bluebell after being 3-1 down at one stage.
 
Pete's big effort (Jan 6 2004)
 
Local tetraplegic Peter Baird organised a very sucessful fund-raising evening at Lochgelly Golf Club in aid of SIS - a small charity but the only one in Scotland supporting people with a spinal injury. With help from local entertainers Alex  Lawson and his Millenium Stars, Pete's event raised a total of 550 for the charity.

Beirut jibe is a joke (Jan 4 2004)
 
Some local councillors reacted strongly to a jibe that the reason Lochgelly had the cheapest houses in Scotland was because life in our beloved burgh was like living in Beirut. The tag was laughed off in the  pubs, however, with one wag saying "Did we win the title from Ballingry?"
 
Lochgelly legend (Jan 2 2004)
 
Sprinting pensioner Jimmy Bryce, now a sprightly 73-year-old, returned from the world-famous New Year athletics meeting with several medals and more than a few quid in his pooch. The legendary runner from North Street, as expected, did exceptionally well in the veterans event but then capped a memorable meeting by winning the Open 90m handicap sprint at the Powderhall fixture, now held at Musselburgh Racecourse.

A happy and white New Year (Dec 31 2003)
 
Lochgelly took on a tranquil look as the first real snow of the winter covered the town on Hogmanay. However, the number of people on the streets after the bells could be counted in dozens as most preferred to stay in their homes or set off fireworks, a recent  trend gaining in popularity every year.
 
Christmas mayhem (Dec 24 2003)
 
Every shop in the Lochgelly district enjoyed a spending boom as local folk did their last-minute shopping for Christmas Day. Rain rather than snow was the normal on Christmas Eve but that did not  prevent hundreds of churchgoers attending the Watchnight Services.
 
Letters of protest (Dec 22 2003)
 
The Centrral Fife Times had its biggest postbag in years after an astonishing 200 police officers, plus a special mounted police unit from Strathclyde, were present in Cowdenbeath High Street for several hours to supervise marchers, all 18 of them, in a so-called unity march organised by Cowdenbeath Celtic Supporters Club.
 
Lochgelly is lit up (Dec 17 2003)
 
In the usual absence of official Christmas lights, the people of Lochgelly took it upon themselves to brighten up the town with thousands and thousands of exterior lights on their houses and in their gardens. Bill and Christine Bell's bungalow in East Main Street was again the brightest house in the town with The Beeches getting our vote for best street, even if they have a long way to go to match the winter wonderland that  is Cleikimin Crescent in nearby Ballingry.

Albert on the march (Dec 13 2003)

Lochgelly Albert marched through to the fourth round of the OVD Scottish Junior Cup after a well-merited win over Ayrshire cracks Irvine Vics. Local lad Jim Searle opened the scoring, Stevie Morrison added a second and although Vics pulled one back, Steve McBain scored a third to clinch the victory.

Store pays festive divi (Dec 12 2003)

Lochgelly folk were celebrating the festives season in style after the local Co-operative store paid out 19,000 in dividend vouchers. In addition, another 600 was paid to local charities on behalf of shoppers who forfeited their dividends.

Pupils put on a show (Dec 10 2003)

Lochgelly Centre Theatre was packed to capacity for the annual Christmas Show put on  by Lochgelly High School. Former pupil Richard Colvin, currently studying at the Royal Academy in London, topped the bill which concluded in spectacular fashion with 40 members of the school pipe band  playing Highland Cathedral.

Honour for author (Dec 10 2003)

Cardenden crime writer Ian Rankin was honoured by Edinburgh University at a ceremony when  he was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree in recognition of his contribution to crime fiction. Ian's Rebus novels account for one-tenth of all crime book sales and  have been translated into 20 different languages

Lochgelly book launch (Dec 6 2003)

Well-known local author Ron Ferguson marked the release of his latest book, Fear and Loathing in Lochgelly, by holding signing sessions in Lochgelly Centre and also at Central Park in Cowdenbeath. Although having very  little to do with Lochgelly, Ron's book is a wonderful collection of his witty articles which are published regularly in the Herald national neewspaper. Copies are available from publishers Famedram. 

Broadband joy for Lochgelly (Nov 24 2003)

Resident surfers in Lochgelly received a boost with the news that the local telephone exchange is in line for an uprade early in 2004 which will enable broadband to be available in the town.

Avenue of bumps (Nov 20 2003)

Fife Council gave the go-ahead for a series of speed-restricting bumps to be place on The Avenue in Lochgelly following complaints from local residents.

Joe hits winning note (Nov 16 2003)

World famous saxophone player Joe Temperley returned to his native Cowdengelly area to hold several sessions with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Cardinal celebrates at St Pats (Nov 15 2003)

Cardinal Keith OBrien, installed only a month previously by Pope John Paul, was the guest of honour when St Patricks Church, opened in Station Road on October 4,  1953, celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Gordon Brown, chancellor of the exchequer, also attended.

Longer platforms (Nov 12 2003)

ScotRail included Lochgelly Station in a list of upgrades to be started immediately so that longer  trains can be accommodated on the popular Fife Circle line.

Remembrance Service (Nov 11 2003)

An estimated 450 people turned up at the annual Remembrance Day service held at Lochgelly War Memorial in Bank Street. Lochgelly Brass Band played a musical tribute while the Flo'ers o' the Forest lament was performed by lone piper David Bell.

Ryan is a TV hit (Nov 9 2003)

Lochgelly youngster Ryan Martin featured on national TV programme Blue Peter as part of a nationwide appeal to raise more than 500,000 for children with learning difficulties.

Albert march on (Nov 8 2003)

Lochgelly Albert  marched into the third round of the Scottish Cup with a 6-2 victory over New Elgin at Gardiners Park  thanks to goals from Stevie Morrison (3), Lee Drysdale (2) and Graham Jaffa.

Oldest citizen dies (Nov 7 2003)

Mrs Jeannie Leslie, popularlly known as Lochgellys oldest citizen, died at the age of 104 inn Mossview Residential Home in South Street.

Broadband boost (Nov 6 2003)

Lochgelly surfers were boosted by  the news that the first hurdle has almost been cleared in the bid to bring  broadband internet access to  the town. Only another dozen registrations are required before British Telecom will be forced to announce a trigger level of subscribers.

Lochgelly lads on MTV (Nov 6 2003)

Three Lochgelly lads were featured singing before a world-wide TV audience of more than a BILLION viewers when the annual MTV awards ceremony was screened live from Edinburgh. Steven Belton, Derek Wilson and Neil Fraser were the featured singers, the only drawback being that they were not on the main bill but featured in a crowd of Tartan Army fans filmed before the Scotland v Lithuania match last month. Still, the singing trio were instantly recognised by scores of their friends in Lochgelly.

Cup day in Lochgelly (Nov 6 2003)

The Scottish Cup made a rare appearance in Lochgelly after sponsors Tennents were impressed by a model created  out of empty Tennents cans and displayed in Giocapazzi's store at the corner of Motion Street and Lumphinnans Road. The model was made by Brian Robertson, husband  of store boss Dorothy, and will be raffled off in aid  of  CHAS, the children's hospice at Kinross.

Station to be upgraded (Nov 3 2003)

Lochgelly railway station was one of several on the Fife Circle line  listed on an improvement programme which will prepare the way for six-carriage trains to be accommodated on lengthened platforms.

Fire strikes again (Nov 9 2003)

Dryburgh Place,  due for immediate demolition this month, was the scene of a serious fire started by vandals. The Lochgelly firefighters soon had the fire under control but were still in attendance five hours later.

Joe hits right note (Nov 4 2003)

World famous saxophonist Joe Temperley, born in Lumphinnans, returned to the Lochgelly area on holiday and took time to play with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Bloody brilliant (Nov 1 2003)

The people of Lochgelly responded brilliantly to the Blood Transfusion Services appeal for volunteers. A total of 229 volunteers turned up at Lochgelly Centre, including 18 new donors and one man making his 75th donation.

Top award for local firm (Oct 23 2003)

Lochgelly firm FFDR was named best small business in Scotland at the annual awards ceremony and no one was more delighted than sole director Ronnie Klos. The firm, which specialises in fire and flood damage restoration, is based in the former Cinema-de-Luxe premises in Bank Street.

Browns have a boy (Oct 17 2003)

Lochgelly folk were among the first to congratulate their MP Gordon Brown,  the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his wiife Sarah gave birth to baby John at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Strathspey reel for Albert (Oct 11 2003)

Lochgelly Albert advanced to the second round  of the Scottish OVD Junior Cup with a convincing 3-1 victory over Highland side Strathspey at Gardiners Park. On target for the 'bert were Colin Stone, Stevie Morrison and Lee Drysdale. Albert will host New Elgin in the next round.

Bolan Square demolished (Oct 11 2003)

Lochgelly folk woke up to find that Bolan Square, once an award-winning scheme, was being demolished at a great rate of knots as the latest piece of Lochgelly's regeneration programme. Work had to be temporarily stopped when a vacant flat caught fire but the incident was soon over and the Square completely demolished.

Tam the Gun salute (Oct 6 2003)

Tributes were paid to Lochgelly man Thomas McKay, aka Tam the Gun, after he completed 25 years of firing the one o'clock gun at Edinburgh Castle. Tam was awarded the MBE six years ago.

Another award for Stephanie (Oct 2 2003)
 
Lochgelly High School netball star Stephanie Wright was chosen for the Scotland under-17 netball squad which will competted in a major tournament at Manchester later in the month.
 
Royal date for Jimmy (Oct 1 2003)
 
Veteran runner and well-known Lochgelly athletics coach Jimmy Bryce received an invitation to meet the Queen at a "Pioneer of the Nation" reception at Buckingham Palace later in the month in recognition of his enormous contribution to athletics in Fife.
 
Top Knotch effort (Sep 29 2003)
 
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards presented a plaque to Lochgelly hairdressers Top Knot of North Street as a "thank-you" for the staff's war effort  during the conflict with Iraq. The Top Knot staff and customers made up parcels of joy and sent them to the war zones.

Director is disqualified (Sep 25 2003)
 
Neil Roeleveld, a director of the former Lochgelly High Street store called Furniture First, was disqualified from being a company director for ten years by Dunfermline Sheriff Court. Furniture First (UK) Ltd went into liquidation in May last year with estimated debts of 730,000 owing to its creditors.
 
Labour group battle it out (Sep 23 2003)
 
Lochgelly councillor James Connelly resigned the Labour Party whip after a stormy Labour group meeting  although he insisted he would continue to represent the residents of Crosshill and Lochgelly Noorth.
 
Albert in late collapse (Sep 18 2003)
 
Lochgelly Albert were involved in a high-scoring game away to Kirkcaldy YM and with ten minutes to go led 4-3 thanks to goals from Stevie Morrison (3) and Jim Watt. However, the tap o' the toun side then had George Johnstone ordered off and conceded three goals in  the last ten minutes.

Summer goes on and on (Sep 15 2003)
 
The summer ehatwave apears endless as Lochgelly enjoyed its best sunshine record since 1976. T-shirts are still the order  of the day for many residents  while ice cream sales continue to flourish. If this is global warming, then Lochgelly would like some more of the same, thank you very much.
 
It's Paul's prize (Sep 8 2003)
 
Lochgelly thrower Paul Griggs took the 450 winners cheque  in  CISWO summer darts tournament which attracted several Scottish internationalists.. Paul plays for the B team at Shardy's, formerly the Staging Post and Mathiesons Railway Tavern.
 
Death of Dr Harry Wright (Sep 2 2003)
 
Dr Harry Wright, one of Lochgelly's greatest family doctors, died at his home 11 years after retiring from his work in the town. Dr Wright looked after the well-being of thousands of Lochgelly folk during his 32 years service from his surgeries in  Station Road, Bank Street and  David  Street.
 
Four to the fore (Sep 2 2003)
 
Lochgelly ladies scored a tremendous success when they won the East of Scotland bowling fours championship title. After a run of successes  to qualify for the latter stages of the tournament, the all-star line-up of Anne Donaldson, Anne Bowie, Val McGregor and Cathie Simpson beat Pumpherston 20-6 in the semi-finals and Gilmerton 20-8 in the final.
 
Dr Gordon says goodbye (Sep 2 2003)
 
Dr Helen Gordon, a popular member of the Lochgelly practice based at David Street Health Centre, received several presentations at her retiral do attended by her oldest female patient, 95-year-old Mary Melville, and youngest male patient, three-month old Callum Livingston.
 
Guitar reaches cult status (Sep 2 2003)
 
Many Lochgelly music lovers bought tickets for a raffle where the top prize was a guitar used by rock legends Status Quo and donated to the local Barnado's charity shop. Over 1600 was raised but the guitar went north to Invergordon lady Kirsty Grant.
 
Lochgelly's senior citizen (Sep 1 2003)
 
Jeannie Leslie, Lochgelly's oldest resident, celebrated her  104th birthday with a family party at Mossview Residential Home in South Street. Family friend Vince McLelland provided the entertainment with a selection  of tunes played on the bagpiipes.

King of the Bing (Aug 31 2003)
 
There was a lot of local interest when the first-ever Bowhill Bing race was staged over a three-mile circuit of the reclaimed bing lands. Winner was local boxer Chris King, followed by Cowdenbeath FC player Bryan Gilfillan and local piper Brian McEwan. There was an entry of 70 and organiser John Gilfillan hopes to increase on that impressive figure next year.
 
Graham thanks his 'fans' (Aug 29 2003)
 
Lochgelly soldier Graham McFarlane, newly returned with the Black Watch from the conflict in Iraq, paid a visit to St Patrick's  Primary School in Station Road to thank the pupils for their support during the five months he spent in Basra.
 
Leish starts litter hunt (Aug 28 2003)
 
Lochgelly football legend Jim Leishman helped launch a new wastepaper recycling scheme in the town whereby 25,000 blue bins for waste paper will be distributed to houses over the whole of west Fife.

Blooming great effort (Aug 19 2003)

Stewart Crescent resident Jim Graham again reigned supreme as top gardener in the town when  he  won the local Flower (Landscaped) Section and also the West Fife competition.

Major upgrade for station (Aug 17 2003)

Lochgelly Railway Station was one of  several in Scotland earmarked for increased security measures with plans in the pipeline for close-circuit television. There will also be an upgraded passenger information service and help-points.

Jewels in Lochgelly crown (Aug 14 2003)

An exhibition entitled "Jewellery and Silversmithing" was presented at Lochgelly Centre by local tutor  Andrew Millar of South Street.

Pug given a paint job (Aug 14 2003)

The former coal locomotive, a familiar fixture at Lochore Meadows Country Park, has been repainted and  now looks replendent in its green livery. The "pug" originally towed coal wagons at the Michael Colliery.

Stake your claim (Aug 9 2003)

Ex-miners and families of deceased former miners in Fife are being urged to claim compensation for exposure to coal dust. The Government scheme is open to miners who worked underground at a NCB pit after 1949. Families of deceased miners are also entitled to claim.

Big Jim comes home (Aug 2 2003)

Larger-than-life Lochgelly man  Jim Leishman quit his post as Chief Executive of  Premier side Livingston to become general manager of his beloved Dunfermline Athletic. Needless to say, he was given a hero's welcome by the Pars fans.

Local bowlers are tops (Jul 28 2003)

Steven Bowers and Alan Bowers of Lochgelly Bowling Club came out on top when the North Street rink staged its annual Open Pairs event. Another local pair, Len Kerr and Jim McGuire, were beatenn finalists. Well-known local personality Cathy Simpson was narrowly beaten in the Fife Ladies singles final.

Soldiers back from Iraq (Jul 23 2003)
 
Soldiers from the Black Watch paraded through Lochgelly on their return from the conflict in Iraq as a thank-you to the local folk who had given them tremendous  practical and moral support.
 
Top award for Nicola-Jane (Jul 20 2003)
 
18-year-old Nicola-Jane Houston received her Duke of Edinburgh gold award from Prince Philip at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. She is a keen member of the Army Cadet Force based in Minto Street.
 
Tribute to the Miners (Jul 12 2003)
 
Local football historian David Allan, author of previous  publications like Lochgelly Utd FC and There was a Happyland, launched an impressive new book called The Miners, a Who's Who of Cowdenbeath FC players of the past and featuring some great anecdotes wiith numerous  players with Lochgelly connections. Anyone interested in purchasing the book can drop me an  email at Lochgelly@btinternet.com
 
Fun-filled Festival (Jul 7 2003)
 
The annual Lochgelly Festival Day was a  huge success with hundreds of local folk lining the streets as the parade made its way from Auchterderran Road  to the West End Park. There was no shortage of music, fun and games but the highlight was the crowning of Gala Queen Debbie Armour by local personality Ernie McPherson. Debbie's standard bearer was Orrin Davidson and the Gala  Princesses were Paige Wright and Emma McCulloch.
 
West head retires (Jul 5 2003)
 
David Hunter, headmaster of Lochgelly West Primary School for 17 years, received various gifts on his retiral on the last day of term. A son of former Dunfermline Burghs MP Adam Hunter, David earlier taught in Dunfermline, Glenrothes and Newburgh. Deputy head Carol Pryde has now taken over as headteacher at the West.

Retiral of local doctor (Jul 2 2003)
 
Dr Helen Gordon retired as a general practioner after nearly 20 years of devoted service in Lochgelly and district.

Streets disappear at last (Jul 1 2003)

Wildridge Way and Chisholm Crescent disappeared under the demolition hammer as the regeneration of Lochgelly started in earnest. The blocks of flats in Cartmore Road are next for the chop.

Chancellor celebrates (Jun 27 2003)
 
Dr Gordon Brown celebrated 20 years as Lochgelly's representative in the House of Commons, the last six years as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Day out for old folks (Jun 24 2003)
 
Lochgelly Old Folks Reunion Committee organised their annual day out when 104 people over 70 years old were treated to a trip to Linlithgow followed by a meal in Lochgelly Town Hall.

Drumming up success (Jun 21 2003)
 
Lochgelly High School pipe band scored another major success when they took first place in the grade three adult British championships held at Pitlochry to continue their recent run which also included the Scottish title. Lochgelly were also named best drum corps at Pitlochry.

Hazel is top athlete (Jun 15 2003)
 
Lochgelly High Community Use Sports Club member Hazel Niven was awarded the Lita Allan Memorial Trophy for being top female athlete at the 27th Disability Sport Fife track and field championships.Other Lochgelly prize-winners were Andrew Callander, Tracey Jackson, James Whyte, Adam Colmer and David  Sharp.

Bully for darts aces (Jun 13 2003)
 
Lochgelly North School was one of three organisations which received substantial cheques thanks to the fund-raising efforts of local darts enthusiasts Davie Stein, Rab Gourdie, Davie McShane and Gordon Donnelly.

Going, going, going (Jun 12 2003)
 
At long last, the promised demolition of Lochgelly's many eyesores has started with the insides of houses in Cartmore Road, Chisholm Crescent  and Wildridge Way being stripped of their fittings. Work should  be finished by November and the demolition squad will then turn their attention to Dryburgh Place and Bolan Square.

Rose Queen is chosen (Jun 5 2003)
 
Deborah Armour of Station Road has been chosen as Lochgelly Rose Queen and the 11-year-old St Patrick's School pupil will play a leading role at the Lochgelly Festival on 6th July. Standard bearer for Deborah will be Orrin Davidson from Reid Street and  her princesses will be Paige Wright of Park Street and Emma McCullough of North Street..

Spy cameras are a success (Jun 5 2003)
 
The "big brother" closed-circuit TV cameras which relay pictures from the centre of Lochgelly to police HQ have been hailed as a success with several problems being nipped in the bud and other criminal offences being detected.

Leading citizens (Jun 1 2003)
 
Local youth group Regeneration X has been named Lochgelly's Junior Citizens  of the Year for the outstanding work in establishing the towns new skateboard park.

Winning tune (May 27 2003)
 
Lochgelly Brass Band took top place in Section 3 at  the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust Centenary brass band contest with Neil McCormack, Bill Guyan and  David Bennison the winning trio.

Chancellor drops in (May 25 2003)
 
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown officially opened the new housing scheme, called Robert Dow Court after the late councillor, which now forms part of the former Lochgelly Co-operative Society premises in Bank Street. Meanwhile, another well-known Lochgelly man, Arthur McKenna, was remembered by his friends in Lochgelly Celtic Supporters Club who made two substantial donations to local charities.

Population now 6749 (May 22 2003)
 
The results of the 2001 Census were published and showed that the population of Lochgelly is now 6749,  with nearly 95percent of the residents having been born  in Scotland - well above the national average. Figures also showed that 55 percent of Lochgelly people live in owner-occupied property and over 97percent have central heating.

Still standing (May 14 2003)
 
The latest issue of The Voice, Lochgelly Regeneration Office's newsletter, carried pictures of the new Jubilee Court, built on the site of the former gasworks and station goods yard in Launcherhead Road. The Voice also repported that "Demolition Job Starts" from early April on the flats in Cartmore Road, Chisholm Crescent and Wildridge Way but yet again that was more than a bit premature. The only demolition work on the said flats has been carried out by local vandals.

Charity appeal success (May 4 2003)
 
A magnificent total of 4300 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Relief by the members of Lochgelly's 385 social club in North St with a highly sucessful Forth Road Bridge walk  being organised by Helen Vine, Brian O'Hanlon, Mel St John and Ray Wilson.

No change on election day (May 1 2003)
 
A typically dreich day  kept the turn-out below 50per cent when the  Scottish Parliament and local council elections were held on May Day. Lochgelly voters reflected the national picture with Labour winning followed by the  Scottish Nationalists while the biggest surprise in the national election was the 13 seats won by the Green Party and the Scottish Socialists.

Death of first rector (Apr 24 2003)
 
Jack Yuile, first-ever rector of Lochgelly High School when it opened in 1987, died after a long illness and glowing tributes were paid to his leadership by many colleagues including current rector Brian Blanchflower.

Statue honours Slim Jim (Apr 20 2003)
 
A bronze statue was unveiled by local MP Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in honour of the late Scotland footballer Jim Baxter from Hill of Beath. Slim Jiim, who played for Raith Rovers, Rangers, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, played one of his first-ever professional games at Gardiners Park in Lochgelly as a member of the Crossgates Primrose side.

Tour of new store (Apr 17 2003)
 
Hundreds of Lochgelly folk took the opportunity to hava a look around the completed redevelopment of the main Lochgelly Co-op Building in Bank Street which now incorporates 17 flats and  has been renamed Robert Dow Court.

Anything goes in Lochgelly (Apr 8 2003)
 
Lochgelly and District Amateur Musical Association lifted the curtain on their 2003 production of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" which had a five-night run in Lochgelly Centre Theatre. President Bill Paul revealed that the production costs exceeded 20,000 but the Association had again received great support from the local people and business communiity.

The Lochgelly orchid (Apr 4 2003)
 
News reached Lochgelly from the other side of  the world that a new orchid had been named after the town by Australian botanist David Penman whose late father David was born in Station Road. David, from Inisfail in Queensland, has registered the hybrid as "Phalaenopsis Lochgelly" as a tribute to the town.

Demolition plans in place (Apr 1 2003)
 
Plans were at long last finalised for the demolition of the derelict flats in Cartmore Road, Wildridge Way and Chisolm Crescent - all in the vicinity of the West School - and they should all disappear before the end of the month.Still awaiting a demolition date are the equally unsightly flalts in Berry Street, Bolan Square and Dryburgh Place but still standing proudly are the two biggest eyesores in the town, the former Queens Arms Hotel and the Lochgelly Miners Welfare Institute, both in Main Street.

South team victorious (Mar 26 2003)
 
Lochgelly South Primary School finished first in a cross-country running festival held at the local High School. The winning team was: Michael Compton, Brian Cusick, Greg Stanley, Greig Dougary, Claire White, Paige Wilson, Stacey Wallace,  Caroline Ford,  Page Wright, Sheyvonne Cusick, Erin Leslie, Darren Guild, Stephen McFarlane, Jamie McFarlane, Michael Johnstone and Nicolle Munnoch.

Welfare jackpot blows (Mar 22 2003)
 
After more than a year of selling weekly tickets in the Lochgelly area, the Lochore Welfare FC jackpot of 10,000 was eventually won by Kevin Mathewson.

Betty calls it a day (Mar 14 2003)
 
Lochgelly woman Betty Martin (nee Playfair) retired from her role as head administrative assistant at Beath High School after 35 years service.

Local Laird dies (Mar 13 2003)
 
William Briggs Constable, the Laird of Benarty, died at the age of 78 and a funeral service was held in Cleish Parish Church.

Albert restore pride (Mar 8 2003)
 
Although bottom of the Fife League, Lochgelly Albert shocked leaders Kelty Hearts with a fine 2-1 victory at Central Park, thanks to two goals from Gavin Hay.

Joanne strikes gold again (Mar 5 2003)
 
Lochgelly athlete Joanne Erskine struck gold twice at the Scottish Schools indoor championships staged at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Joanne is now the Scottish under-16 long jump champion and made it a tremendous double when she took the 60m hurdles title as well.

Scott takes South prize (Mar 3 2003)
 
Lochgelly South Primary pupil Scott Young was presented with the top prize in the New Community Schools writing competition. Runners-up were Lyndsey Bain,  Michael Scullion, Ryan Porteous, Rhianna Orr and Kimberly Baxter

Swim bosses honour Bobby (Feb 24 2003)
 
Lochgelly personality Bobby Greenlees, a well-known former top-class football referee, was honoured by the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association who awarded him a life membership for his services to swimming over more than two decades.

End of the road for Wildridge Way (Feb 20 2003)
 
 
The now-derelict street near the West School called Wildridge Way was officially erased from the Lochgelly map although no date has yet been fixed for the demolition of the buildings.

Work starts on West (Feb 12 2003)
 
Although Lochgelly West Primary School remains virtually unchanged since the day it was built, there is no sign of it being demolished and rebuilt. Instead, Fife Council have decided to spend tens of thousands of pounds building a car park and creating speed bumps on North Street and Cartmore Road.

Keep up with the Times (Feb 8 2003)
 
A special 16-page edition called "Times Gone By" has been put on local sale by the Central Fife Times and features articles, pictures and adverts from issues of yesteryear and includes some of the photos featured on this site. Copies, 40p each, can be obtained from the Central Fife Times, 17 Bank Street.

Plea for local Pirates (Feb 6 2003)
 
Former Lochgelly folk who took part in a production of the "Pirates of  Penzanze" at Beath High School in 1972 are asked to  contact Ross Allan as a show and reunion are being organised. Rehearsals are about to start on a mini-production which will be performed at the Kingdom Suite at  East End Park, Dunfermline.

Debbie tops District poll (Feb 6 2003)
 
Olympic curling champion Debbie Knox was named as Dunfermline District's "Sports Personality of the Year" at a special ceremony. The Lochgelly resident had already received a host of honours since her remarkable victory last year.

Snow bad in Lochgelly (Feb 1 2003)
 
A mere two centimetres of snow created untold chaos in London with the airports closed and tens of thousands  of drivers stranded  overnight in their cars. Special news programmes were put on the telly but Lochgelly escaped the "blizzard" unscathed with only a light fall which soon disappeared.

Funeral of Dod Aitken (Jan 31 2003)
 
The cremation took place of Lochgelly born and bred Dod Aitken who gained widespread fame as a footballer, captaining East Fife, Third Lanark and Sunderland as well as earning eight Scottish caps and playing in a famous victory over England at Wembley. He also earned a  League Cup winners medal when with East Fife. Dod's final wishes were that his ashes be scattered in the Happyland.

Go-ahead for new pavilion (Jan 22 2003)
 
Work has started on building a new sports pavilion at Launcherhead Park which will enable both pitches to be used  with Lochgelly United and Lochgelly Albert Colts playing major roles in the fund-raising schemes. Former Dunfermline manager Dick Campbell, now boss of Brechin, strolled down from his home at nearby Paxton Crescent to cut the first turf.

Cowden go goal crazy (Jan 18 2003)
 
Several loyal Lochgelly fans travelled to Brechin to watch Cowdenbeath in action and were rewarded with the Blue Brazil's first win in 11 League games - by an astonishing 7-5 scoreline.

Bulldozers at the ready (Jan 18 2003)
 
It was announced that some slow progress was being made over the masses of derelict property in Lochgelly. The bulldozers are ready but are still awaiting a final go-ahead to blitz the hundreds of boarded-up flats in Cartmore Road, Wildridge Way, Chisholm Crescent, Bolan Square and Drybrugh Place.

Go-ahead for skateboard park (Jan 13 2003)
 
Skateboarders in Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath and Kelty were given a boost with the news that the go-ahead had been given for new parks to be created  in all three towns. The Lochgelly skateboard park will be situated in the Public Park and should be operational by mid-March.

Firemen go on strike (Jan 8 2003)
 
Firemen based at Lochgelly Fire Station in Lumphinnans Road continued their series of short strikes in pursuit of their 40percent wage demands. A mass meeting was held in the Lochgelly Centre and it was decided to step up the strike action because of the Government's refusal to negotiate a deal.

New Year in with a bang (Jan 1 2003)
 
The New Year came in with a bang as dozens of Lochgelly folk followed the new tradition of welcoming another year by setting off fireworks and the sky was ablaze with rockets. Definitely not on the scale of Edinburgh where 600,000 folk gathered for a gigantic Hogmanay Party and fireworks display but quite impressive nevertheless. After the bells, Lochgelly was incredibly quiet once the fireworks had stopped and few folk ventured out. The first real snow of the winter arrived on January 2 and was still there a week later as temperatures dropped to minus18 not including the wind chill factor.

Ian ranks with the best (Dec 29 2002)
 
 
Internationally-acclaimed Cardenden author Ian Rankin, who has strong links with Lochgelly, helped to launch a  national appeal for The Big Splash on  25th January. Ian, whose Rebus crime novels have sold millions of copies, explained that the Big Splash was a swimming event dreamt up to raise funds for arthritis sufferers throughout Scotland.

Bright Christmas in Lochgelly (Dec 25 2002)
 
Hopes of a traditional white Christmas in Lochgelly never materialised and it turned out to be a bright and sunny day. Disgracefully, in contrast to other towns covered by the district council, there were no public Christmas lights on view. The good folk of Lochgelly, however, brightened up the whole town with the increasing trend of outdoor lighting decorations. Bill and Christine Bell's house in Main Street was a joy to behold with lights and figures all over it. It must be admitted, however, that Martin Crescent in Ballingry took the honours with whole blocks transformed into a winter wonderland.

Ferry huge success (Dec 15 2002)

Dozens of Lochgelly folk were among the  75,000 passengers who used the new Superfast ferry link from Rosyth to Zeebrugge in Belgium durings its first six months of operation. Freight firms are also reaping the benefit of a ferry on their doorstep while tourist figures throughout Fife have shown a big increase.

Fanfare for brass band (Dec 11 2002)

Lochgelly Public Band continues to go from strength to strength and is now making the Scottish championships in March as their top target following another spectacular succeses.
The band recently won the National Mineworkers Championship title in Blackpool and followed that up with an impressive victory in the Borders Entertainment Contest at Jedburgh.

TV crews in Lochgelly (Dec 8 2002)

With local MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown due to give his pre-Budget statement in the House of Commons, a BBC  TV crew made a lengthy visit to Lochgelly to interview his local constituents reaction to the speech. Striking firemen outside the station in Lumphinnans Road were also interviewed for national television.

Emma's title appeal (Dec 5 2002)

Emma Pullar, Lochgellys young citizen of the year,' is appealing for financial help  so that she can attend the world baton twirling championships in France next year. Emma was runner-up in the European championships this year and has since qualified for the world finals. Cheques to Emma at 26 Timmons Park, Lochgelly.

Vandals target nursery (Nov 29 2002)

A series of senseless acts vandalised everything in the grounds of Lochgelly Sunflower Nursery in Melgund Place. Local morons destroyed hanging baskets, a wheelbarrow feature along with plants and garden seats, a lot of which had been created by the youngsters who attend the nursery.

Lee tops the lot (Nov 16 2002)

Lochgelly High School pupil Lee Wilders was the outright winner in the annual Shell Christmas Card competition held for Fife schools and he was able to see his winning design being printed and delivered. Other prize-winners from Lochgelly High were  Stephanie Wright, Linda Stevenson, Nicola Klym, Kerry Thomson, Nicola Shand, Barry Beveridge and Jane Ferns.

Remembering war heroes (Nov 11 2002)

There was a huge turn-out for the annual Remembrance Day service held at the renovated Lochgelly War Memorial site in Bank Street. The traditional silence was observed at 11am and 22 poppy wreaths were place at the memorial.

Overdue win for Albert (Nov 2 2002)

Lochgelly Albert scored a long overdue win in the Fife Junior League when they triumphed by a 2-1 scoreline at Crossgates. New boss Jim Hardie was so short of players he had to put himself on the bench but his team rose to the occasion and two goals from Stevie Morrison brought the points back to Lochgelly.

Another honour for Arthur (Oct 24 2002)

Well-known Lochgelly businessman Arthur Nevay received yet another honour when the National Hairdressing Federation celebrated its 60th birthday by presenting him with a special award for services to hairdressing.

Final blow for Campbells (Oct 20 2002)

Lochgelly father and son Dick and Paul Campbell of Paxton Crescent had a disappointing day when their football team Brechin City lost out to Queen of the South in the Challenge Cup final.
Dick is manager of the City side while his son Paul is a player and brother Ian is coach and all three had played their part in guiding Brechin to the first final in their history. Nearly 3000 fans followed them to Broadwood Stadium but Queens proved too strong on the day.

Poetry alive and well in Lochgelly (Oct 17 2002)

Lochgelly High School celebrated National Poetry day when budding young poets recited their winning entries to other pupils. Winners were Siobhan Logie, Christopher Gray, Amy McLaren, Donna Allan, Jonathon Orr, Joe Towers, Laura Wright, Steven Muir, Jonathon Provan and Claire Waterson.

Firefighters to the fore (Oct 13 2002)

Lochgelly Green Watch firefighters Kevin Murphy and Lindsay Bell are now the proud  possessors of their Long Service and Good Conduct medals after a ceremony conducted by Fife firemaster Mike Bitcon. Lindsay has served 20 years at the Lochgelly fire station in Lumphinnans Road while leading firefighter Kevin has been based in the town for 10 years. Kevin is married to Kirsten (nee McAllister) a member of a well-known Lochgelly family.

Bands hit winning note (Oct 11 2002)

Lochgelly High Schools pipe bands completed a very successful season during which they collected a number of honours under Pipe Majors Tommy Brown and Bernard Adam. The novice juvenile Lochgelly band are the Fife, Scottish and European champions and also won the prestigious "Champion of Champons" trophy while their juvenile counterparts are current Fife and British champions. School rector Brian Blanchflower paid tribute to the bands and also thanked local sponsors Bob and Dougie Shepherd.

Margaret is best in Britain (Oct 8 2002)

Lochgelly woman Margaret Martin scooped a major award when she was named Britain's best convenience store sales assistant for 2002. Margaret  works in the Cardenden branch of David Sands Supermarkets and  won the top honour after a finals session at a luxury London hotel.

Free bets for punters (Oct 3 2002)

Lochgelly punters were delighted when local bookies Watson celebrated the opening of their new premises by giving away free betting vouchers in the Central Fife Times. Watsons moved a few doors westwards from their premises at the corner  of  Rose Lane and Main Street to the site formerly occupied by Jacksons Newsagents.

Music to the ears of pupils (Oct 1 2002)

Six pupils of Lochgelly High School were delighted to learn they had been accepted into the Fife Music Excellence Project. Lorna McCarroll, Kirsty O'Brien, Amy Schulz, Nicola Stewart, Laura Henderson and Clare Haddow will benefit from wider  musical training.

St Pat's set to celebrate (Sep 26 2002)

St Patrick's Primary School, which was officially opened on November 30, 1903, launched its centenary celebration fund with a balloon race at the Station Road building attended by all 155 pupils at  the school.

Hardie luck story for Albert (Sep 21 2002)

New manager Jim Hardie transformed rock-bottom Lochgelly Albert in his first game in charge and  his side came within an ace of creating the biggest shock of the junior football season so far.
Jim took over a side stranded at the foot of the table and his first match was away to Super League team Glenrothes. Albert, however, were fired up for the Cup-tie and  the score was 3-3 after 90 minutes. Unfortunately, Glens grabbed the winning goal in extra time.

Emma earns top honour (Sep 15 2002)

Lochgelly Community Council chairman Ernie McPherson presented the 'Young Citizen of the Year' award to teenager Emma Pullar, who has been  Scottish baton twirling champion for seven years in a row. Emma, who also plays the saxophone in Lochgelly High School band, finished runner-up in the European finals held in Jersey earlier this year.

Memorial tribute to Slim Jim (Sep 12 2002)

Several Lochgelly football fans have been involved in a nationwide effort to raise funds for a statue to be erected in Hill of Beath as a tribute to the late Jim Baxter. The legendary Raith Rovers, Rangers and Scotland star was born in Hill of Beath and local MP Gordon Brown, aka the Chancellor of the Exchequer, even auctioned his budget box to boost the funds.

Jimmy's royal surprise (Sep 9 2002)

Lochgelly pensioner Jimmy Bryce, a legend in professional running for many decades, scored an astonishing victory at the Braemar Highland Gathering, attended by the Queen and Prince Philip.
Jimmy, who lives in North Street, took full advantage of his handicap mark to win the  Open 220 yards event, leaving his yoounger rivals trailing in his wake.

Albert hit rock bottom (Sep 5 2002)

Ross Purdie hit a late consolation goal for Lochgelly Albert but it could not prevent the Gardiners Park side sliding to the bottom of the Fife Junior League as Kelty Hearts ran out 9-1 winners.

Dump plan is binned (Sep 3 2002)

An ambitious plan to turn the 1000-acre opencast site at Westfield into one of Brtain's biggest recycling dumps was binned by Fife Council, much to the delight of local residents.

Jeannie's 103rd birthday (Sep 2 2002)

Lochgelly's oldest resident, Jeannie Leslie, celebrated her 103rd birthday with friends at Mossview Residential Home in South Street where she now lives. Jeannie is also the oldest member of the international Clan Leslie Society and, although a native of Dundee, spent most of her married life in Lochgelly's Happyland.

Park at your peril (Sep 1 2002)

Hard on the heels of the 'Big Brother' closed circuit cameras installed the length of Lochgelly comes a new set  of signs which will restrict parking in Main Street and Bank Street.
Lochgelly folk  will now only be allowed 30 minutes in any one space and a  return will be forbidden within an hour. Should be interesting to see if Lochgelly will now get its very own traffic warden to patrol this beat!

Death of Alex Torley (Aug 30 2002)

Legendary Lochgelly publican Alex Torley, one-time owner of  Torley's Bar in High Street, has died at the age of 85. Alex and his wife Beana transformed the old Albert Bar into a top-class public house where only the highest standard of behaviour was acceptable. He also encouraged the establishment of a folk club and international artistes of the quality of Barbara Dickson, Matt McGinn and Hamish Imlach performed at Torley's supported by local singers like Gordon Malvenan, Andrew Wilson and Bill Paul.

World final at Cowdenbeath (Aug 30 2002)

Dozens of Lochgelly sports fans will be heading to Cowdenbeath for the world stock car final being staged over the weekend at Central Park, better known as The  Racewall in the stock car world.
Drivers and fans from several countries are flocking into the district with the  highlight coming on Saturday night with the world championship final being followed by Fife's biggest-ever firework display.

A bridge to nowhere! (Aug 27 2002)

Lochgelly folk heading for Dunfermline by horse, tram or bus have followed the same road for over 100 years but it will all stop at the end of the month with the closure of the bridge over the railway next to the Woodside Hotel in Broad Street, Cowdenbeath.
Fife Council are closing the bridge for safety reasons  and it looks as if it will be at least two years before it will be reopened, causing extensive diversions for the frequent Lochgelly-Dunfermline bus services.

Fun day at the store (Aug 24 2002)

Staff of the Bank Street branch of the Co-operative Society organised a fun day in their shop to raise funds for the CHAS childrens hospice at Kinross.

Slow start for Albert (Aug 15 2002)

Manager Dave Sneddon introduced some new faces for Lochgelly Albert's first game of the junior season but a competent St Andrews side cruised to a  4-0 victory.  Albert then lost 3-2 to Steelend Vics but then  hit back with a fighting 0-0 draw against title favourites Thornton Hibs.

Death of community stalwart (Aug 15 2002)

The funeral took place of community stalwart Alan McGuire who was well known in Lochgelly as an enthusiastic volunteer and fund-raiser.
Alan was also a leading light in the Lochgelly Regeneration Forum and was responsible for] "The Voice" newsletter which kept members of the public up to date with the plans for the town.

Top honour for Arthur (Aug 12 2002)

Arthur Nevay, a hairdresser in the Lochgelly area for over 50 years, was awarded the Coiffure Organisation Mondiale Award in Las Vegas at a ceremony organised by the governing body of  world hairdressing.

Another medal for Lochgelly (Aug 5 2002)

Hard on the heels of the Olympic gold medal won by Lochgelly curler Debbie Knox came news of another tremendous sporting achievement by another sportswoman who lives in the town.
Fiona Sneddon, a badminton internationalist, helped Scotland to clinch the team bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games held in Manchester.

Leish and Dick to the fore (Aug 2 2002)

Two Lochgelly men were in the news as Scottish football prepared for the big kick-off to the new season. Local legend Jim Leishman led Livingston to a remarkable third spot in the Scottish Premier League and is now preparing for another season at the top level as well as his club's first-ever sortie into Europe. Dick Campbell, from Paxton Crescent, was preparing for a challenge of a different kind after steering Brechin City to a championship success last season and his side is now up amongst the big boys like Cowdenbeath. 

Fair Fortnight is anything but (Jul 28 2002)

Lochgelly folk who opted to spend the Holiday Fortnight on a 'day here and there' basis had to endure one of the most miserable fortnights of this or any other summer. The only consolation was that it got even worse on their return to work with August arriving amidst monsoon conditions which affected road, rail and air travel both nationally and locally.

Ashley takes Scottish title (Jul 14 2002)

Lochgelly youngster Ashley Cormack won the Scottish schoolsl showjumping championships held at Carluke on her horse Midnight Star.
The 12-year-old from The Beeches won a jump-off against the clock to collect the top award, a just reward for the many hours spent practising at Westerton Farm.

Vandals target Institute (Jul 12 2002)

Vandals have continued to target the old Institute (now known as the Lochgelly Old Peoples Welfare Centre) in Main Street. The building has been derelict for years and while many people in the town are campaigning for it to be restored, just as many would like to see the eyesore demolished.

Festival is a huge success (Jul 7 2002)

The second Lochgelly Festival, organised by the people for the people, proved a tremendous success with thousands of  families enjoying a wide range of entertainment and activities at the West End Park. Hundreds of people lined Auchterderrran Road, Bank Street and Main Street as the Festival procession wound its way through the town. Lochgelly Brass Band provided the music along with the Alex Walker Accordion Band, Cowdenbeath Pipe Band and the Rhythm Method  Drumming Band and there were also floats, majorettes and  a limousine containing Citizens of the Year Debbie Knox and Rab Sinclair. For older folks, the scene was reminiscent of the gala days held in the 50's and  60s and afterwards the whole town was singing the praises of the Festival committee and their supporters.

Emma takes on the world (Jul 6 2002)

Lochgelly's champion baton twirler Emma Pullar is now preparing for her world championship challenge next year after completing a remarkable hat-trick of trophy successes.
Emma won the East Coast  title in March and then was crowned Scottish champion in May before completing the treble by winning the European title in Jersey in June.

Press gang salute Bill (Jul 5 2002)

Well-known Lochgelly personality Bill Paul was honoured by his colleagues at the Dunfermline Press at a retiral function held in his favourite venue, Lochgelly Bowling Club. Bill started off as a compositor with the Lochgelly Times nearly 50 years ago and moved to  Dunfermline after the Westwater family sold the local newspaper business. Bill is best-known in the town as a singer, having appeared in Lochgelly Musical Association productions for the last 46 years.

Flaming June, not quite (Jul 1 2002)

Lochgelly folks were more than glad to see the back of June, one of the most miserable, cold, wet  and blustery so-called summer months in living memory. Unfortunately, July started in the same vein!

West girls net prize (Jun 26 2002)

The star netball players of Lochgelly West Primary School won an eight-team tournament for local community schools. The winning line-up was Sarah Keenan, Ashley Goodall, Stephanie Wright, Nicole Murray, Emma Wilson, Megan Allan, Chloe Rendall and Terri Lawson.

Thomas is best for West (Jun 20 2002)

Thomas Graham was voted player of the tournament as his team, Lochgelly West, won the  New Community School soccer sevens tournament at Lochgelly High School. Greg Macari  captained the team and the other stars were Ross Kenny, Aaron Muir, Paul Fleming, Peter Graham, Stephen McLeod, Dale Burt and Gordon Warrender.

Queen joins Debbie's list! (Jun 16 2002)

Honours continue to pour in for Lochgelly curler Debbie Knox following her Gold Medal success in the Winter Olympics with Fife Council, Lochgelly Community Council recognising her achievements. Debbie has also fulfilled a host of public engagements including opening the Oldmeldrum Highland Games. However, the icing on the cake came when she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Jubilee honours list, a worthy gong to add to the collection at The Beeches.
Cardenden author Ian Rankin, whose dad was at one time managers of Frasers store in Bank Street, was awarded the OBE for services to literature  while former local teacher Bob Shepherd received the MBE for services to pipe bands. Bob, of course, led the Dysart &  Dundonald band to the world championships in 1977.

Another honour for Fiona (Jun 12 2002)

Lochgelly star Fiona Sneddon was named in the Scotland international badminton squad for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester this summer.

Top marks for Greig (Jun 6 2002)

Lochgelly student Greig Marks won the top prize in the Fife art competition to design the cover of a CD  software programme.

All quiet in Lochgelly on Jubilee day (Jun 3 2002)

A dull day with heavy drizzle ensured that Lochgelly's celebrations were very muted as the Queen celebrated the 50th anniversary of her coronation. Most folk in the town seemed content to stay indoors and watch the World Cup on TV.

Dentist hangs up his drill (May 25 2002)

Popular local dentist Ogilvie Nicoll retired after 36 years practice in  Lochgelly. Ogilvie, educated at Lochgelly West and  Beath High schools, ran the Bank Street practice of Nicoll, Simpson & Partners originally founded by his father, George.

Albert glad it's all over (May 21 2002)

Lochgelly Albert completed an unimpressive season with a 7-0 defeat at Glenrothes which left the tap o' the toon team third from the bottom of the Fife League.

Ice cap for Lochgelly youngster (May 20 2002)

Jordan Marr, a ten-year-old pupil at St Patricks School, made his international debut for the Scotland under-11 ice hockey team at Hull and managed to record an impressive shut-out.

Kimberly names new street (May 16 2002)

Lochgelly West pupil Kimberly Shand won the competition organised to name a new street being built in the town when her suggestion, Jubilee Court, was adopted by the district planning committee.

Anne is leading lady (May 9 2002)

Lochgelly legend Anne McFadden was chosen as Citizen of the Year for the whole of Dunfermline and West Fife and received her award from Lady Elgin. Anne, known to everyone in the town, is a dedicated charity worker and also devotes a lot of her time to visiting, caring and showing an interest in some of the commiunity's forgotten people.Bathgate-born, she arrived in Lochgelly over 50 years ago as a district nurse-midwife health visitor and eventually worked her way up to be a college lecturer. Of course, she had previously been named 'Lochgelly Citizen of the Year' and she is an untiring fundraiser on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Bully for Paul Griggs (May 2 2002)

Minto Club thrower Paul Griggs was named Winau 'Player of the Month' by national magazine Darts  World. Paul, who lives  in Brucefield Terrace, equalled the Lochgelly and District League record when he scored 95, 180, 125 and 101 for game shot for a 11-dart 501.

Another minister leaves Lochgelly (May 1 2002)

Popular Macainsh minister Mary Ann Rennie has resigned, leaving the Church of Scotland without a minster at either Macainsh, St Andrews, Lochcraig and Ballingry. A new project is being put in place to cover the district with a pastoral team of four comprising a leader, an assocaite, a youth worker and a secretary.

Community Council celebrate (Apr 12 2002)

Lochgelly Community Council celebrated its 25th anniversary with a function in the Town House when Olympic gold medallist Debbie Knox was presented with an  inscribed vase by chairman Ernie McPherson. It was also decided that joint winners of the "Citizen of the Year" award would be Debbie Knox and youth football supremo Rab Sinclair.

International call-up for girls (Apr 11 2002)

Lochgelly pupil Stacey King was chosen for the Scotland under-17 football squad while Ashley McCluskey will also be on international duty in Rome this summer with the Scottish ten-pin bowling European championship team.

Scottish cap for Joanne (Apr 9 2002)

Sprinter Joanne Erskine, a pupil at Lochgelly High School and coached by local man Jimmy Bryce, has been  picked to go with the Scotland under-17 squad to the world schools athletics championships in France next month.

Flooding hits Lochgelly miners jobs (Apr 5 2002)

The end of an era was hastened when 17 million gallons of water flooded the last deep mine in Fife, Longannet Colliery, and the owners called in the liquidators. Around 600 workers, including dozens from Lochgelly, lost their jobs as a result of the flooding.

New shoe shop opens in town (Apr 4 2002)

Lochgelly lost its only shoe shop last year but the opening of  "The Wee Shoe Shop" in East Main Street filled the gap. Kingdom Kilts also re-opened in the same premises.

Brigadoon reappears in Lochgelly (Apr 1 2002)

Lochgelly and District Amateur Musical Association started their near sell-out run of Brigadoon in the Lochgelly Centre, once again attracting thousands of supporters to their annual production.. Lochgelly resident Margaret Paul is the producer while the lead roles were also taken by locals, David Page and Fiona McKenzie.

Vandals are a pane in the neck (Mar 22 2002)

Traders in the town were up in arms when they discovered that vandals had smashed windows in several business premises overnight, including the Lochgelly Regeneration Committee office. Business owners were highly critical in the local press, criticising the lack of police seen on the streets.

Death of Hugh and Bill Shaw (Mar 17 2002)

Lochgelly residents were dismayed to discover that popular pensioner Hugh Shaw and his son Bill, of Gordon Street, had died on the same day Bill was exceptionally well known in the town, having played cornet in Lochgelly Brass Band for over four decades  including a memorable performance at the Royal Albert Hall after a Scottish championship winning display.

Quiz winners off to London (Mar 12 2002)

Lochgelly Drop-In Youth Cafe regulars Lindsey Boyle, Samantha McDonald and June Fraser won a free trip to London to compete in the national finals of a Rock & Pop quiz. The trio of 16-year-olds earned their trip by finishing runners-up in the  Scottish finals and did well to finish fourth in the British event.

South pupils have their say (Mar 3 2002)

Head  teacher Craig Mitchell has created a school council to give pupils of Lochgelly South School a voice in matters affecting  the school. Pupils were elected by their classmates and members of the first-ever council are - Paul Dick, Abbey Anderson, Mandy Herd, Sean Campbell, Jamie Rutherford, Shannen Hunter, Liam Muir, Rhianna Orr, Derry Cuthbert, Hazel Watson, Stevie Seymour, Jodie Gilfillan, Tom McLean, Erin Brown

High road to Hampden (Mar 3 2002)

Lochgelly High School's football team reached the national finals of the Coca-Cola Sevens tournament after seeing off Buckhaven, St Columba's, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes High Schools to book a trip to Hampden.The winning squad was William Wright, Paul Shankland, Craig Chrisp, Wayne Wright, Kevin Luke, James Scougall, Darren Lightfoot, Keith Guthrie, John Fraser and Greig Wilson.

Snow enough for the Albert (Feb 28 2002)

A lot of hard work by the committee members enabled Gardiners Park to be the only football ground in Fife to be declared playable after the overnight blizzards but their efforts were in vain as Albert slumped to their worst defeat of the season, losing 3-2 to lowly Steelend  Vics. Grant Fraser scored twice in the first half to put Albert 2-1 ahead at the interval but Steelend proved too strong for them in the second half.

Funeral of Andy Fraser (Feb 27 2002)

Andy Fraser, one of Lochgelly's best-known businessmen, made his final journey down Auchterderran Road, a street where he had run a successfull garage business for 50 years. The popular 83-year-old mechanic started work with Sinclairs bakery and Lochgelly Motor Company before he bought the latter business in the early 1950's and ran it successfully until he was 77 before finally yielding to old age.

Olympic gold for Lochgelly (Feb 24 2002)

Sports fans throughout Lochgelly and district were celebrating  when local lady Debbie Knox won an Olympic gold medal - the first-ever for the town. The 33-year-old mum from The Beeches starred in the Great Britain curling team which captured the hearts of sports fans throughout Britain. At one stage it looked as if Debbie and her team-mates had  lost out on their medal chance but they bounced back with stunning victories over Germany and odds-on favourites Canada to set up a final clash with Switzerland. An all-time British record for a late-night TV audience stayed glued to their screens as  the final was shown live from Salt Lake City and Debbie played brilliantly as the Scots stormed to victory with the last stone of the last end.
Debbie was given a rapturous welcome home a couple of days later after her partner Scot Sutherland and twin daughters Beth and Anna had been featured extensively on national television.

No Cup for the Albert (Feb 23 2002)

Lochgelly Albert bowed out of the Stella Artois Cup with a dismal display, losing 4-2 to lowly Steelend on Saturday. Conditions were certainly atrocious but Steelend made light of them to go three ahead in 30 minutes. Stuart Jaffa and Grant Fraser hit goals either side of the interval to put Albert in with a chance but Steelend wrapped it up with fourth goal.

Mame fame for Lochgelly lad (Feb 16 2002)

11-year-old Lochgelly boy Jed Mitchell clinched a leading role in the musical Mame which will be staged at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow. Jed had previously played the role of Patrick in the same musical when it was staged by Lochgelly and District Amateur Musical Society.

Cap call for Lochgelly runner (Feb 13 2002)

Lochgelly teenager Joanne Erksine was named in the British athletics team to meet Italy, Germany and Spain in Wales on Saturday. Joanne will run in the 60m hurdles on her British debut.

Youngsters on the make (Feb 13 2002)

A team of under-age crooks, at least one of Primary School age, conned Lochgelly householders out of cash in a scam supposed to be raising funds for the local youth footballl teams who are aiming to build a new pavilion at Launcherhead Park. A spokesman for Lochgelly United and Lochgelly Albert Colts said the scam had been reported to the police and also pointe out that all fund-raising was done by adults.

Fifers on the march (Feb 10 2002)

Every single household in Lochgelly received an invitation to march through the streets of Dunfermline on Sunday, 17th February, in protest against the Fife Health Board's decision to downgrade Queen Margaret Hospital and transfer all operations to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

Lochgelly man on attempted murder charges (Feb 7 2002)

Lochgelly man James McHale was remanded in custody after appearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on three charge of attempted murder. No plea or declarationn was made and he was remanded in custody. McHalle was charged with attempting to murder Archie McKinlay in July 1999 and January 2002 and also with the attempted murder of William Payne in July 1999.

Alistair beats personal best (Feb 7 2002)

Lochgelly swimmer Alistair Amos-Galloway knocked a remarkable eight seconds off his previous personal best for the 100m when he recorded a time of 1min 40sec in the under-12 sections of the East of Scotland championships.

Kirstyn is ahead of the rest (Feb 3 2002)

Lochgelly girl Kirstyn Suttie won two championship titles at the East of Scotland athletic finals at Glasgow. The 11-year-old star won both the long jump and the 60m sprint to complete a remarkable double in the Under-13 championship events.

Thumbs up for new supermarket (Jan 30 2002)

The new Co-op Supermarket, the biggest in the town,was opened by young Ross Hamill and immediately given the nod of approval from the townsfolk. Hundreds of bouquets were handed to early shoppers who thronged the premises for most of the morning. Twice the size of the old premises, the new shop - situated next door to the former shop in Bank Street - is a welcome addition to shopping options in Lochgelly as it offers a much wider variety of goods than before. The Co-op last year refused the chance of locating the Post Office in the new shop and it now operates from the Good News supermarket in Main Street, itself a former Co-op complex.

Wintry blast hits the town (Jan 28 2002)

Lochgelly folk were delighted when a strong wind blew away the first serious snow of the winter over the weekend but were less happy when the worst gales to hit Scotland for 30 years battered the town on Monday. The Forth, Tay and Kincardine bridges were all closed, railways and airports were closed for hours as 100mph winds hit central Scotland. The M90 motorway was also closed and there were thousands of buildings damaged and ppower lines brought down. Lochgelly escaped not too badly, although one large tree in Station Road came down to rest against the house, fortunately causing only minimal damage.

Big changes in store for Lochgelly (Jan 23 2002)

The Co-op movement in Lochgelly announced another major landmark in its 137-year link with the town when the new all-purpose supermarket will open on the present site on Wednesday, January 30th. At one time there were more than 50 stores in the Lochgelly organisation but it shrunk over the years and now there is only the grocery and the funeral service in the town. Older residents can readily recall the furniture shop, bakers, butchers, shoe shop, jewellery shop, electric shop, laundry, grocers, fish shop, confectionary shop, paint shop etc, The former payroll of several hundreds now numbers 17 but that will be doubled when the new shop is opened on Wednesday by eight-year-old Ross Hamill, grandson of Margo Faulds who has worked in the Lochgelly grocery for 25 years.

Albert's brave fight against Cup holders (Jan 17 2002)

A healthy crowd of 400 saw Lochgelly Albert put up an excellent show against Scottish Junior Cup holders Renfrew at Gardiners Park.Stevie Balfour put Albert ahead from the penalty spot but Renfrew eventually squeezed through to the next round by a 2-1 scoreline.

Big plans for Lochgelly station (Jan 10 2002)

The Scottish Executive announced plans to spend more than eight million pounds on railway stations in Fife and Lochgelly is included in the plans. According to the press release, Lochgelly passengers will benefit from electronic information, easier access and CCTV in the car park. Perhaps they would be better replacing the footbridge as Lochgelly is the only station on the Fife circle without one.

Lochgelly community in mourning (Jan 7 2002)

The whole of the Lochgelly community rallied round in sympathy with Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah when their baby daughter, Jennifer Jane, passed away ten days after being born. Jennifer Jane lost her brave battle for survival a few days after being transferred from Forth Park Maternity Hospital to Simpson's Hospital in Edinburgh.

Bunt and Jessie are diamond geezers! (Jan 5 2002)

Well-known Lochgelly couple Bunt and Jessie McPherson had their photographs in several newspapers after they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Hogmanay.

The couple, who married in the town's St Andrews Church in 1941, now stay at 3 Stewart Crescent, having at one time set up home about 20 yards away in a prefab at 3 Adam Place.

Demolition day in Lochgelly (Jan 3 2002)

First big talking-point of the New Year was the revelation by the Central Fife Times that over 200 houses could be demolished if a controversial plan is carried through.Fife Council will make the final decision but it could well be the end of the road for the blocks of flats in Dryburgh Place, Forrester Court, Bolan Square, Cartmore Road, Chisolm Crescent and Wildridge Way. Many properties in several of these locations are already empty and boarded up but demolition of over 200 houses would certainly change the face of Lochgelly.

Happy New Year (Jan 1 2002)

Lochgelly residents woke up on January 1 to find the town covered in white frost after temperatures dropped to minus 10 during the first-footing hours. With no buses or trains running, the town was quiet for most of the day, apart from a steady stream of shoppers to the Good News Supermarket next to Macainsh Church in Main Street, and a few hopeful punters drifting into the bookies although all the race meetings were cancelled.

Jimmy fails to make history (Dec 28 2001)

Lochgelly legend Jimmy Bryce came within an ace of making history in the famous Powderhall Sprint held at Musselburgh Racecourse. Jimmy, now a sprightly 70-year-old, won the world-famous sprint himself in 1956 but this year was hoping to make history by training the first female winner in the 150-year history of the event. Sharon Wilson, however, did exceptionally well to reach the final failed to overcome the gale-force conditions on the day and had to be content with fifth place.

Travellers will be told to move on (Dec 28 2001)

Dozens of travelling people who have been esconced on Cartmore Industrial Estate have been given a summer deadline to move on. Lochgelly has a history of hosting tinks, gypsies, travellers etc for over a hundred years but it looks as if it is the end of the line for the current itinerants, although they have now occupied the site for several years without being moved on.

Forecasters fail to deliver a White Christmas (Dec 25 2001)

Despite persistent forecasts of snow from the experts in the build-up to the festive period, not a flake fell in Lochgelly on Christmas Day. "Too cauld for snaw" was the familiar greeting among the few who did venture out on Christmas Day. Even the pubs were deserted as temperatures failed to rise above freezing point and the wind chill alone was enough to freeze the ........

Leish laments loss of Stuart Adamson (Dec 23 2001)

Lochgelly man Jim Leishman, currently manager of Premier football side Livingston, appeared on national television, radio and newspapers when he paid tribute to Big Country star Stuart Adamson, who died in Hawaii. Another man with Lochgelly connections, author Ian Rankine, also paid a moving tribute in the Sunday Times to Adamson who first shot to fame with The Skids, accompanied by Ballingry man Richard Jobson.

Haws too hot for Albert (Dec 22 2001)

Only one football match survived the overnight frost and, unfortunately for Lochgelly Albert, they had to travel to face Hill of Beath Hawthorn with a stand-in keeper. Haws rattled in six goals without reply.

Lights oot in Lo'gelly (Dec 17 2001)

Lochgelly got rid of its embarassing record of having the worst Christmas lights in the world this year - simply by having none at all. The string of seven small lights draped along the Co-op building were absent this year and the combined efforts of Fife Council, Community Council and Regeneration Forum resulted in zero public lights this festive season, apart from the solitary tree outside the fire station in Lumphinnans Road. On a brighter note, the residents have done the town proud with virtually every house ablaze with Christmas lights inside and hundreds of houses also have outdoor displays as well.

Albert spot-on for fourth round (Dec 15 2001)

Lochgelly Albert marched into the last 32 of the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in 20 years when they triumphed in a penalty shoot-out in their replay. Downfield went ahead in a even first half and Albert eventually snatched a deserved equaliser through Grant Fraser in the dying minutes. Keeper Barry Thompson was the hero in the penalty shoot-out, saving twice to put Albert through. Albert now face Cup holders Renfrew in the next round and, according to the Dundee Courier, Davie Sneddon's men are confident of progressing to the next round. Regulars at Gardiners Park don't quite share the same confidence!!

Divi day at Lochgelly store (Dec 12 2001)

Dividend vouchers were distributed to local shoppers as part of the Co-operative pay-out which totalled over four million pounds in Scotland. Top individual pay packet in Lochgelly was 84 pounds although that was topped by the local shoppers who put their dividends totalling hundreds of pounds towards local charities.

First pages opened in book scheme (Dec 10 2001)

Three different meetings were held in the Lochgelly Centre on the same day in an effort to get a community bookshop scheme off the ground. A similar scheme, which gives the public books at a reasonable cost, had already been launched in Cowdenbeath.

Albert live to fight another day (Dec 8 2001)

Lochgelly Albert earned a 2-2 draw against Downfield to earn a replay in the third round of the OVD Scottish Junior Cup after an entertaining tie in Dundee. Albert raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Grant Fraser and Stevie Balfour inside the first ten minutes but five minutes later Craig Celentano was sent off. However, the ten-man Gardiner's Park side battled to the end and held on for a draw.

Mosque rumour is ruled out (Dec 3 2001)

Rumours raced round the town that the former Lochgelly Post Office premises in Bank Street were being transformed into a mosque. However, they were proved wide off the mark after Macainsh Church minister MaryAnn Rennie revealed that a group of Moslem peace marchers had called at the church after finding their intending stop-over venue, Lochgelly Institute, was now derelict. The marchers subsequently stayed in the former Post Office premises, thus starting the rumours.

Hot stuff in Bank Street (Dec 1 2001)

Fife Council approved planning permission for the long-time vacant Bank Street premises at one time occupied by Paton & Turpie to be transformed into a hot food takeaway by Mr Kartar Barhaya. Objections were received but planning officials saw no problems, despite REFUSING permission for two flats above Shardy's next door to the shop because of possible parking problems. Presumably Mr Barhaya will be hoping for more than two cars a day to stop outside his premises!

Lochgelly high on the prize list (Nov 30 2001)

Lochgelly High School pupils Shaune Allan and Stuart Allan were awarded prizes by the Technology Teachers Association when they held their annual conference at Rutherglen.

London for a tenner (Nov 28 2001)

Train company GNER announced they would be cutting the price of a ticket from Lochgelly to a mere tenner, just a few pence more than regular travellers pay to go to Edinburgh and back.

Albert lead and then lose six (Nov 22 2001)

Grant Fraser gave an understrength Lochgelly Albert side an early lead against Lochore Welfare in the local derby at Gardiners Park but the visitors hit six in reply to complete an easy victory.

Another feather in Martin's cap (Nov 21 2001)

Lochgelly personality Martin Gilfeather was honoured again when he completed 70 years voluntary service with the St Andrews Ambulance Association. The 86-year-old Reid Street resident still attends the Association's local sessions and conducts the annual first aid exams. The Association presented Martin with a commemorative plaque and a bottle of whisky, the latter purely for medicinal purposes of course.

Jim accepts Rotary Club citation (Nov 18 2001)

Former Lochgelly man Jim Muir, currently president of Cowdenbeath Rotary Club, accepted the Citation from District 1010 after fulfilling various commitments at both community and international level.

Albert get the better of Albert (Nov 13 2001)

Lochgelly Albert marched on to a great 2-1 victory over Royal Albert in a Scottish Cup-tie because the Royals' pitch at Larkhall was unplayable. Albert, the Lochgelly version, booked the usual Gardiners Park gale in the first half but found it hard to breach the opposing defence. In fact it took a 50-yard fluke from Stephen Kowbell to break the deadlock but Stephen Balfour added a second with a classy lob before the break. Royal Albert had the 'Bert under the cosh for most of the second half but lost the plot with several players booked and one sent off. They pulled back a goal but Lochgelly kept their heads to pull off a famous victory.

Police plea after sex attack (Nov 12 2001)

Local police issued a plea for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Park Street in the early hours of Saturday mroning. The police are looking for a man in his mid to late thirties, around 6ft 2in tall, medum build, clean shaven with short dark hair. He may have been drinking in Broadways Public House in Main Street before the attack.

Lochgelly remembers war heroes (Nov 11 2001)

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month saw a huge crowd assemble at the War Memorial in Bank Street, Lochgelly, to honour the townspeople who had died in defence of their country. The parade and ceremony was organised by Lochgelly Earl Haig Committee whose secretary, Archie Page, said they were delighted their efforts persuaded a crowd in excess of 600 to attend the remembrance service. Over 20 wreaths were laid at the War Memorial by various organisations and individuals.

Pavilion dream a step nearer (Nov 8 2001)

The dream of having a new pavilion at Launcherhead Park took a step forward with the news that a charity concert, organised by local personality Rab Gourdie, had raised over 1100.The project, already awarded 90,000  in Lottery grants, is being fronted by Lochgelly United and Lochgelly Albert Colts and the charity concert was held in the Silver Tassie in Main Street.

Albert crash out of Cup (Nov 5 2001)

Despite hitting the target four times, Lochgelly Albert crashed out of the Heineken Cup when they went down 7-4 at Armadale. Albert actually led 3-2 at the interval but collapsed in the second half. Albert are again on Cup business when they tackle Royal Albert in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Nae mair lums in Lumphinnans (Nov 2 2001)

National TV crews visited Lumphinnans to record the official opening of a low-cost heating innovation using hot water from the flooded workings of Lumphinnans No 1 colliery.The new system, allied to solar heating, keeps the water in thermal storage tanks until it is needed for the central-heating system in the renovated houses at Ochilview.

Plans approved for Residential Home (Nov 1 2001)

Fife Council approved a plan to build a 32-bed residential home at The Beeches in Lochgelly. The Beeches housing development occupies part of the land between the Auld Geig and the railway line and the home will be built in the same area.

Centre of attention for 25 years (Oct 31 2001)

The Lochgelly Centre, opened 25 years ago this month by Prince Philip, celebrated its silver jubilee with a special concert featuring the Childrens Theatre and youth group Regeneration X.

Lochgelly clippies on the wireless (Oct 30 2001)

Radio Scotland are broadcasting a programme about life on the buses and several well-known Lochgelly personalities will be featured on November 12 (11.30am) and November 13 (11.25pm). Maureen Collins and Cathy Simpson will be heard along with George Kerr and Rab Collins as presenter Billy Kay recalls inspiration behind the the legendary son "The Kelty Clippie."

Albert lose out at Humbug Park (Oct 29 2001)

New Albert boss Davie Sneddon failed to make a winning start when his side lost 3-1 in a League game at Humbug Park. Crossgates led 2-0 at the break and although Stevie Balfour brought Albert back into the picture it was Primrose who scored again to net all three points.

Top awards for Lochgelly students (Oct 28 2001)

Two Lochgelly students were among the principal prize-winners this year at Lauder College. Mary Jarvie won the Rosyth Dockyard Award for Management Studies while Caroline Barron won the Lauder College Prize for the best student on an access programme.

New role for Regeneration Forum (Oct 27 2001)

Lochgelly Regeneration Forum, who lost their recent battle to stop the local Post Office moving to new premises, announced an unexpected turn of direction when they revealed they were going into the money-lending business.
The Forum, now based in the former Johnston & Herron premises in Bank Street, claimed that members of their credit union scheme would save a considerable sum in interest charges.

No rhyming slang from these poets (Oct 28 2001)

Lochgelly High marked National Poetry Day by running a very popular poetry competition when rector Brian Blanchflower revealed the winners were Clare Haddow, Chris di Placito, Stephanie Fagan, Kerry Thomson, Jonathon Provan, Hazel Campbell, Greig Haddow, Andrew Allan, Amy Schulz, Sharon Dickson and Kevin Kinch.

New use for Westfield site (Oct 27 2001)

Alba Resource Recovery Ltd announced their proposals for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Westfield Opencast site north of Lochgelly which was once described as the biggest hole in Europe. Alba's plans were revealed on national television by environmental reporter Louise Bachelor, a former Lochgelly resident, and she explained Alba wanted to recycle non-hazardous waste and make the site environmentally friendly.

New boss takes over at Gardiners Park (Oct 26 2001)

Davie Sneddon, a former Tulliallan Thistle boss and assistant youth coach with Alloa, was appointed manager of Lochgelly Albert. Davie formerly played with Camelon, Sauchie, Bonnybridge and Bo'ness. Albert have been drawn away against Royal Albert in the second round of the Scottish Cup which will be played on Saturday, November 10.

Pensions paid out in pound coins (Oct 25 2001)

The Post Office, situated at the corner of North Street and Bank Street for 64 years, moved to a site inside the Good News Supermarket in Main Street on Monday without any major difficulties. A few days later, however, the Post Office staff were forced to pay out pensions in pound coins, pound notes and even 50p pieces after they ran out of cash.

Decision goes against Biddie (Oct 23 2001)

Fife Council won their battle to evict 75-year-old pensioner Biddie Rush from her home at Largo Cottages in Glencraig in a case which attracted nationwide publicity. The Sheriff Court ruling means that Biddie's battle to stay in the house she has lived all her live is nearly over but she vowed to fight the Council 'to the death.'

Albert's surprise for Newburgh (Oct 22 2001)

Lochgelly Albert, having parted company with team boss Lennie Munro, were expected to be easy meat for Newburgh but turned in a great display at Shore Park under caretaker manager Gary Donnachie to earn a 3-3 draw. Top marksman Lee Drysdale score the only goal of the first half but Albert were hit by a three-goal blitz at the start of the second period. Undaunted, they battled back for a share of the points with an own goal and another from Drysdale before the whistle.

Help ma boab! Anyone remember Dudley? (Oct 21 2001)

An appeal has been launched in Lochgelly to see if anyone can remember legendary cartoonist Dudley D Watkins living in the town. Dudley, of course, penned "The Broons" and "Oor Wullie" for a lifetime but was apparently based in the Gelly during the Second World War. Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch with Lochgelly library on 01592 780260.

Nae cauld meat in new store (Oct 20 2001)

The new Co-operative supermarket, currently under construction as part of tne new housing development in Bank Street and Chapel Street, won't be ready until next year and it won't feature a cold meat counter. An unofficial source from the store's headquarters in England said, "We are aiming for January 26th, 2002" but refused to confirm the widespread rumour in the town that the popular cold meat counter will be missing.

Pupils say cheerio to Anna (Oct 17 2001)

Instructress Anna Russell was given a rousing send-off by the pupils and parents when she retired after 23 years service at Lochgelly North School.

Biddy in no rush to leave home (Oct 16 2001)

Well-known local personality Biddy Rush appeared on national television and was featured in the daily papers as she continued her fight against Fife Council who want to evict her from her home at Largo Cottages in Glencraig. Biddy, who has lived in the property opposite the old Glencraig Primary School for 75 years, said, "This is my Buckingham Palace. If they evict me, they would be as well putting a gun to my head."

Post Office on the move (Oct 15 2001)

With only one week to go until opening day, there was a lot of activity at the Good News supermarket in Main Street as the owner prepared for the arrival of his new Post Office business.  Mohammed Naheem purchased the Post Office on August 8 from Anne Fraser, who had owned the Bank Street business for nearly 12 years, and said he was relocating to Main Street. The switch will suit many people who have a shorter journey to their Post Office but many others are faced with a longer walk.

Home defeat for the Albert (Oct 13 2001)

Lochgelly Albert, given a bye in the Scottish Junior Cup, lost 4-2 to Tulliallan Thistle in a League game with Lee Drysdale and Colin Stevenson hitting the target. Lochore Welfare and Dundonald Bluebell scored easy victories over their northern opponents in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

Wishbone Ash check in at the Centre (Oct 12 2001)

Classic rock band of the 70's, Wishbone Ash, performed at Lochgelly Centre which was the only Scottish date of their world tour.

Tribute to Lochgelly's Sir James Black (Oct 10 2001)

Nobel prize-winner Sir James Black, a former resident of 23 Station Road, Lochgelly, was honoured on a new 40p stamp issued by Royal Mail.

Red flag flies high at Lochgelly (Oct 6 2001)

Lochgelly Centre staged an exhibition called "The History of Communism in West Fife" in tribute to the late Iain Scott of Lochgelly. Willie Clarke, Britain's only Communist councillor, visited the exhibition which featured a host of memorabilia which belonged to Iain Scott.

Johnston & Herron no more (Oct 6 2001)

The long-established legal firm of Johnston & Herron closed its doors for the last time last night after senior partner Tom Johnston announced the partnership was being dissolved. The business was started by Tom's father, George, a former Town Clerk of Lochgelly, and former Burgh prosecutor Eddie Herron.

Heavy defeat for Albert (Oct 6 2001)

Lee Drysdale equalised an early Hill of Beath goal at Keirs Park but Lochgelly Albert eventually slumped to a 7-1 defeat today. Dundonald also lost 2-0 at Rosyth but Lochore Welfare romped to a 10-0 victory at Kirkcaldy YM.




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