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Hiya! My name is Ian Fraser and I have lived in Lochgelly for over 67 years.

I was brought up in the Stewart Crescent prefabs before moving to the Main Street flats west of St Serfs (Macainsh) Church and ended up in Park Street after 30 years in Station Road.

My parents, Tom and Grace, were the only husband and wife ever elected to Lochgelly Town Council and Fraser Drive was named after them.
I started work as a reporter for the Lochgelly Times and then spent 30 years with Scotsman Publications before joining the Dunfermline Press as sports editor in 1995.
I was also a director of Cowdenbeath FC for 18 years up until their championship success in 2006, their first title win since 1939.

My wife Anne (Howieson) and I bought Lochgelly Post Office in 1989 and she ran it successfully until we both retired in 2001. 

This site was inspired by an earlier one created by my younger son Neil which I believe was the first-ever web site dedicated to Lochgelly.

Our two sites eventually merged and have proved a huge success with an amazing response from all over the world.

We have also been listed in the top ten in a search on "Lochgelly" on Google for more than ten years without any professional or corporate assistance.

We are especially pleased to include the album of the late Billy Richardson, a proud Lochgelly man who started collecting pictures of the town about two decades before anyone else.

All the contents of our site, including all the photographs, may be copied for any reason whatsoever but a wee mention of lochgelly.net would be appreciated.

Many thanks for visiting our site and please come back soon.

PS My older son Brian has started a local railways site for enthusiasts. It can be found at 

The Loch of Shining Water - better known as Loch Gellie

Lochgelly Past and Present

The arrival of 2014 brought an internet phenomenon to Lochgelly as the town folk responded to a new web site in their hundreds.

The man behind the explosion of interest is Derek Johnstone, a long-time enthusiast of the town,  and he hit on the brilliant idea of starting a "Lochgelly Past and Present" group on the Facebook web site.

The New Year saw Derek recruit hundreds of members in the first few days of 2014 and as news spread worldwide Lochgelly folk soon enabled the membership to speedily exceed an astonishing 1000 total.

Membersip is now nearing 2000 and whole generations are enjoying swapping memories and photos of their fond recollections of the town, its shops and characters in  years gone bye. 

Dozens of old friendships have been renewed from as far away as Australia and America as well as many much closer to home.

After running our own Lochgelly web site for over ten years, we are absolutely delighted that Derek has taken the town's internet stancan be justly proud of his remarkable membership figure of over the 2000 and still increasing, an amazing feat for oor wee toon.

The group is open to all Facebook members and is entirely free to anyone interested. 

We would urge anyone interested in Lochgelly to join the crowd now and keep the Happyland spirit alive.

Lochgelly Past and Present