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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 very 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 son Brian has started a local railways site at http://www.members.tripod.com/fiferailwaytracks

The Loch of Shining Water - better known to us 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 site in their thousands.

Behind the explosion of interest was Derek Johnstone, helped by his fiancée Lindsay Dobbie,  and he hit on the idea of starting a "Lochgelly Past and Present" group on the Facebook web site.

Hundreds of members joined in the first few days  of 2014 and as news spread worldwide the total speedily broke the 1000 barrier.

Current membersip now tops 2300 and whole generations are enjoying swapping memories and contributing almost 3000 photos. 

Derek won the prestigious "Local Hero" annual award from  Kingdom FM in the best group category - an honour richly deserved.

Although the majority of the group appear to prefer the Lochgelly Past concept, there is still a fair amount of Present interest and this was seen to advantage when an appeal to find any long-lost relatives produced several aunts, uncles and cousins for one hopeful enquirer.

This was surpassed in October, 2014, when a plea from an American lady was published at lunchtime and before the day was out she was chatting to her sister, a Lochgelly group member who had not even known she existed.

The group is open to all Facebook members and is free to join. I would urge anyone interested in Lochgelly to join the crowd now and keep the Happyland spirit alive.

Lochgelly Past and Present