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Margaret Blair, Australia



Hello Ian. I am writing to find out if anyone can give me information about the Blair family who lived at 35a Hunter Street, Lochgelly. 

Hugh Blair, stone miner, married Agnes Lambert on June 29, 1906, at Kinross. They had six children, Nancy, Alec, Hugh, Peggy, Barbara (known as Pat), and James.  They emigrated to Australia in 1926. 

I would be pleased if someone can give me information on how to follow this line. Kind regards. Margaret Blair.


Bill Marchant, Australia


Hi. My mother was born in Lochgelly, her maiden name was Janet Whyte  and she lived in the Happyland which my wife and I visited in 2000.

Mum had told me so much about Hunter Street and Grainger Square. My grandfather worked at the Jenny Gray Mine, his mother bagged coal for the Crawford family.

 I am also related to the Kirks and Martins and if anyone has some information about these familes I would be most grateful. Bill Marchant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Christine Campbell
Hi. My name is Christine (Duff) Campbell and I am looking for pictures of my late mother who died two years ago.
She attended St Pats School in Lochgelly and her name was Rosemary Kirby. She had a brother Edward (Ned) Kirby, Samuel Kirby, John Kirby.
My mum was born in 1951. I would appreciate any help you can give me as all pictures were lost when she passed. Many thanks. Christine Campbell

Willie Watters had a Lochgelly street named after him

Billy Scott, Canada
Hi Ian.  My name is Billy Scott and I was born in Lochore in 1937. I now live in Canada and emigrated  in 1966 but I have just come back from a vacation in Fife with my wife's sister in Kirkcaldy.
While I was there, my brother-in-law told me about your web site. We went on to the site and came across some wonderful letters and pictures.
While on your site, I came across a picture which you asked if anyone knew of others in the picture. Well guess what? I am in the picture below. You say that it was provided by Roy Whitehead and that Dan Sutherland identified some people.
I have to tell you Ian, that it is the cub pack from Lochcraig Church in Glencraig. It probably was about 1944. The scoutmaster was Tom Moffat.
The ladies cub name was 'Bageera'.
I am in the third row from the front and I am third from the left, Fred Smith is fourth from the left.
As the memory fades, most faces are very familiar to me but the names escape me. A couple of names I remember are Abbot and Spowart.
Thank you Ian for maintaining such great memories of Lochgelly. My brother, his wife and family lived in Lochgelly. His name was Archie Scott and his wife's name was Ella, who was an accomplished accordian player and well known in Lochgelly. I hope that my input has helped. Billy Scott.


A photo provided by Roy Whitehead of a cub pack taken around 1944. Dan Sutherland has identified the lady as Miss Hart (whose family had a newsagents near the Queens Arms Hotel) and also the second back row as Dan Sutherland, Norman Crawford, Ian Hogg, blank, Roy Whitehead, William Beckett. Can anyone name any of the others?


Deb Stevenson Dimitriadis, Pennsylvania

Greetings! I love your site! I have been researching my family history and came across your website. The families I am searching for are William Currie and Ann Wake Henderson, and Robert Stevenson and Mary Brown.
My grandfather was raised in Lochgelly and came to the States when he was 18 in 1922. The story I was told was that he first came as a small child with his mother Annie Currie and father James Stevenson, and two sisters, Mary and Maggie.
Maggie died and so did his mother and he was sent back to live with the Curries in Lochgelly at the young age of five without a parent. His sister Mary married Hector Scott.
Some other names in my family tree are Wyper, Johnstone, Crawford, Wood, and Scott. I'm sure you get all kinds of questions on your site, but I noticed there is a Currie Mclaren connection and I would love to hear from anyone who can help. Deb Stevenson Dimitriadis.

James Stevenson, Staffs
Hello Ian. Since visiting your website I have started recalling what it was like in Lochgelly after I was born at 56 Melville Street in 1936.
My first real memories was my father dressed in his RAF uniform leaving our house at the outbreak of the second World War.  My father, like so many more men in the street, were Reservist or were in the Territorial Army.
I remember starting South School, but the only teachers I can recall are Miss Erskine, Mr More and Mrs Westwater.
I recall collecting rose hips from the countryside to help the war effort and them being stored in the main hall. Also Mr More coming to the school in uniform on his return from Burma. We also had air raid drills, when we had to go into the shelters.
I can remember going to the Jenny Gray pit canteen at night where we could get a bowl of soup for a penny, probably left-overs. All the men used to dig up the turf  on the side of the pit road and plant vegetables to help with food shortage (Dig for Victory).
I remember following the victory parade, up Bank Street along Main Street as far as the West End Park. I went to the East School where we got time off from the school to go potato picking because of the shortage of farm workers.
I remember delivering milk for Kinnairds Farm at weekends and during the summer holidays we would go to the farm and help with filling the milk bottles ready for the next day. I remember a cow at the farm giving birth to a calf with two heads, it didn't live long but I had my picture taken holding one head and I think it was John Mckay who was holding the other. I never got to see that picture.
I went to work at Glencraig Pit when I would walk from Benarty Avenue to the pit and back home. I was an apprentice engineer until the Coal Board decided to change the rules about the number of apprentices that were all.
I was taken off the list in the February and I got my call-up papers in the March 1955. So I had  a  choice from the Training Officer at the pit, go down the pit as a  normal miner or go into the army. I knew that if I went down the pit I'd probably remain there so I decided to go into the army.
I joined the  Royal Signals and signed on for three years. After my training as a wireless operator I was sent to Korea with  the United Nations peace-keeping for. I was then sent to Malaya  and finished my time out there.
On my return to Britain, my family had moved to Staffordshire because of the pit closures. I got a job at Lea Hall pit but couldn't stand the dust so I switchfd to the local bakery as a driver and worked my way up to Bakery Supervisor and there I stayed until I retired in  2002. Regards. James Stevenson

David Hughes, Australia
Hello Ian and Anne. I came across your web site while trying to find something similar in regards to Cowdenbeath where my Dad, John Gorman Hughes, was born in 1925.
I was wondering if anyone could tell me if there are any similar sites for Cowdenbeath. My Dad says he  knew a lot of people in and around Lochgelly but it would be a bonus if he could find a Cowdenbeath site.
He lives on the Gold Coast in Australia and his interest in his homeland has come about because my daughter recently took a trip to Cowdenbeath and Loch Leven and took photos of where he used to live.
He is now even talking about getting on a plane but unfortunately his health would not allow this. It would make him happy if anyone can suggest any Cowdenbeath sites. Kindest regards. David Hughes

Sandy Duncan, Loanhead
Hi Ian and Anne. What a wonderful site you have. Thanks for all your effort. I just found it earlier this morning.

I am trying to locate relatives of mine that my parents visited in the 60's. I am sorry I do not have their names but other details should help them being identified.
They were two batchelor brothers that had a barber shop in Lochgelly. They spoke of the fall in business after the closure of the pit. I think they were active in the Scottish National Party. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My father George was born two months after his parents arrived in South Africa from Kirkcaldy in  1915. I settled in Edinburgh in 2002.
My grandparents names were Andrew Duncan and Anne Pringle Inglis, both born in 1881. Other names in the family are Birrell, Peggie, Pringle, Wishart, Moise, Kilgour. Thanks in anticipation, Best Regards. Sandy Duncan

Isabel (Wilson) Lambert, Cupar

Thank you for the Lochgelly memories site. My maiden name was Wilson and I am married to Ronald Lambert, we stay in Cupar . I was introduced to this site through my brother William. I am amazed by the compilation of memories from people that I can now recall. I will be joining them soon with all my details and history.  I also found in Memories (3) a cousin, so thank you for that as well. Isabel Lambert.

Jim Burke, Canada
Hello Ian. My name is Jim Burke. I am 66 years old and I live in Oshawa, Canada. Recently, I have been researching my family background in particular their military involvement in the two world wars.
Unfortunately, I have never met a blood relative (grandparent, uncle, aunt or cousin) and I am hoping that someone may be able to help me to track down a relative or suggest a geneologist that I could contact to help me in the search.  Finding someone may be difficult because I suspect that any of my remaining cousins will now be well into their 80's.
I discovered your site and was interested because my dad's family was from Lochgelly. I recall him saying that he grew up on Hunter Street and spent time working in the mines around Lochgelly.
My Dad George Scott Burke was born in 1898 and served as a stretcher bearer in WW1. He emigrated to Canada in 1922 and returned to visit family in Lochgelly in 1949 and again in 1978.
I believe that his brother Frederick (my middle name) was killed in a mining cave-in in 1939 near Lochgelly when he was 27 years old. His death is listed on mining memorial web sites.
The only other link I have to the family is that Dad's nephew David Burke is memorialized on the Lochgelly War Memorial at St Andrews Church which I have seen at a website for the memorial.
He was killed in 1940 in Belgium. I visited his grave site in 2007 while visiting the battlefields in France and Belgium. Thanks in advance for any help anyone may be able to offer.
Jim Burke

Patricia Marsh, Australia
Hi. I have an uncle who was born at 64 Melville Street named Thomas William Peel in 1917.  I have the photograph  (below) of his father John Peel.  
This family moved to Australia where they were miners in the Hunter Valley but would love to know any information about town or family to be able to share with his children and grand-children. Patricia Marsh



Jane Davies (Craigie), Glenrothes



Hello Ian and Anne. Your website has brought back many happy memories for me, I log in often to read the lovely e-mails.

I came from Lochgelly to Glenrothes over 30 years ago when I got married. I grew up at 40AA Hunter Street in the Happyland, with my sister and brother, so I thought I’d send you the photo of the kids on the stairs.

I am standing between the Conway sisters and their brother Tom, the others I can remember are: Wullie & Charlie Livingstone ( Top Stair) Isobel ? with her brother, Janis McGurk and my sister Janis (on the middle stair) Margaret Robertson ( middle Bottom Stair) the two Somerville brothers are each end of the railings and Richard Harvey  the lad with the glasses on the left.

The other photos were given to me a good few years ago -  I’m with my brother this time. The other photos are of my Grandparents on a camping trip to Kinghorn and what look  like Christmas celebrations in an Anderson Shelter - my gran is in the middle next to Santa!! My Gran & Di were Wullie and Janet Craigie who lived in Page Street, my Di played with the brass band for many years. Best Wishes. Jane Davies (Craigie)








Joseph Sawicz
Hello again, my name is Joseph Sawicz. My brother Michael and I contacted you a few years ago about when we lived on Hunter Street in the Happyland before emigrating to Canada.
On your website you have an excellent picture taken of the Happyland from the "bing" across the road.  Do you have an original copy or a copy of the original negative?  Would you have any idea when the picture was taken?   If you do not have any originals would you know who does?  I would be interested in examining the photograph or the negative. 
I am particularly interested in the identity of the children and people on the stairs at the bottom right hand corner of the picture.  Both myself and my brother, who died in August this year,  had white hair at the same age as those children and they are in front of the house where we lived.   Who knows who they could be?
I expect to be visiting Scotland in 2010 and on the top of my list is visiting Lochgelly and looking at that picture if possible.
I have searched the web and found only one very old and poor picture of the Jenny Gray pit. Would you or any of your global readers have such a picture?
You are doing a marvelous thing with your Lochgelly website and am certain you have brought many a heartfelt nostalgic tear to  Lochgelly ex-pats around the  "WURRLD".
Another ex-HAPPYLAND resident. Joseph Sawicz

David Miller, Australia
Hi Ian, I still enjoy looking through your web site, I had two responses to my last letter.

This one is in the hope that someone who reads the memories knows a woman, Grace Adams (maiden name), who used to live at the west end next to the park. She had a brother Tommy and I think she moved to Bowhill after she was married.

If anyone reads this and knows Grace, would you please contact me. 
Just to stop you guessing, Grace was my first girlfriend. David Miller


I have just come across your very interesting and informative site while trying to research my great grandfather's family.
He was Alexander Brown Hunter, son of James Hunter b.1832 Lochgelly and Susan Abercrombie Brown b. 1834 Wemyss. I have managed to trace quite a long line of Hunters who worked in the coal fields of Fife.
Alexander's brother James Hunter b.1856 Lochgelly married Margaret Danks Westwater b.1855 Dunfermline and I have managed to find most of their children and spouse but have hit a brick wall with James & Margaret's daughter Susan Abercrombie Brown Hunter b.1884, married 31 12.1908 at the Macainsh Church to James Penman Henderson b1884 Cowdenbeath.
Cannot find what happened to this couple or trace any of their children. Does any of this ring a bell with anyone in the Lochgelly area. Would appreciate any information which could get me any further in my research.
I have had queries from the Henderson family in Western Australia but have been unable to help them. Bette Waterston

Nancy Miller,
Thank you so much for memories of Lochgelly. The Bernards lived in Grainger Street, Bob and Agnes having 20 children.
Two of my aunts lived in the Happyland - Bella with Bobby Campbell who was a blacksmith at the Jenny Gray and Nan with Joe Wilson who was a winding engineer, bringing the cages up and down the Jenny.
My mother Josephine (Jose) and her sisters worked at the pithead. Alice married John Brown and lived in a converted school house on Auchterderran Road. My mother married Len Culley whom she met in London when she left home to stay with her sister Daisy and Jeff in London.
I had many happy holidays in Lochgelly. I would be taken for a treat to an ice cream shop down Lumphinnans Road for a cream soda. Over the road from my grannies house was the bus depot and the pipe band used to practise there. I would sit for hours on the wall listening to them.
Over the other side of the road lived a Mrs Paterson and she had a vast amount of rhubarb so granny would give me a wee bit sugar in a bag and go and pull me a stick.
Thank you for being able to share this web site. Nancy Miller

John Splitt, Crail
Hi Ian,  I've just discovered your fabulous site which has brought back fond memories to a born and bred Lochgelly lad who grew up not far from you at 27 Gordon Street. My father was David Splitt, ex-Scots Guards and miner, and my mother was Flora Crawford, one of six sisters to Bob Crawford, coal merchant in Hall Street.
My older brother, David, who played with Lochore and District Pipe Band, found fame in winning the under-15, under-18 and Open World Championship drumming competition at the age of just 14.
To keep the records straight, in the West School picture of 1955 I'm standing second left, back row, right behind Ray Bolt, who incidentally was the love of my life during my School years. Unfortunately I didn't have the same feelings towards our teacher, Mr. Watson, who belted me regularly for what I believed was for no apparent reason other than him maintaining a healthy exercise routine for his right arm.
On leaving school I started work as an apprentice joiner with Lochgelly Town Council and on completion of my apprenticeship went on to work on various construction projects up and down the country, then changed direction by working as Commercial Manager for W & J.B. Eastwood at Thornton for ten years. 
Following a take-over of the Company I changed direction again by studying Quantity Surveying and worked for RGC at Methil for a further ten years. On leaving RGC I have worked on various projects all over the world.
My 20 or so years of traveling finally ended on my last assignment in Kuala Lumpur with a big retirement bash three years ago.
I now live in Crail, which was where all my childhood holidays were taken and now occupy my time between my boat (wife is not a sailor) and our motorhome. Many thanks for the memories. John Crawford Splitt.

Linda (Hunter) Holmes



Hi Ian, I have just visited your wonderful site and I read an email from John Plunkett was asking about his cousin Willie "Bunny" Wilson  I did try to reply to John but the email was returned to me undelivered.  I wonder if you would be able to pass on the following information to him. 

Bunny died a few years ago in Staffordshire where he had lived and worked for as long as I could remember. My aunt Margaret and my gran (Bell Innes) also passed away about 20 years ago.  My grandad Dave Wilson died before I was born in 1951 (I was born in 1956).

My mother Chrissie who married Tom (Gunner) Hunter from Crosshill passed away 16 years ago and my father three years ago. There are two aunts still living Maryann in Ballingry and Irene in Oakley.
I married a chap from Lochgelly and he is related to the Moffats from Lumphinnians ( past presidents of the NUM) Abe and Alex. Many thanks. Linda (Hunter) Holmes.



Ian Muir, Halbeath



Hello Ian, I came upon your excellent website by sheer luck. Whilst browsing through the pictures and remembering my youth, Loch Gelly fishing and cycling crazy through the town as a boy delivering the “store” messages on the bike with the basket on the front.

I came upon a picture of Prosect Place with most of my family on it - my grandad, my mum, two aunties and an uncle. My gran and granddad came from there to Sunnyside place after the war. I am a member of the Muir family and I went to West school, East school,  worked with Walker Brothers transport Cowdenbeath, Goodall’s garage, Dunfermline, met my wife in Milnathort in 1973 and been married since with three daughters and one grandaughter now. I was born in 1950.  I have lived in Halbeath 15 years, Milnathort before that and brought up in Sunnyside Place in Lochgelly.

Anyway, the photo shows, John, Betty, David, Anne and Helen (my Mum) in the back row. My gran, Mary and another son,Tom are not in the picture although there was not much age difference between Anne and Tom. I don’t know the circumstances for them missing the photo.

The other Muirs in the photo are not related to us. There were a few Muir families in and around Lochgelly at that time. The lady, Helen Kane, in the photo was the mother of the Downs syndrome boy, Jimmy Kane, who  used to sit on the wall at the house in Lumphinnans Road near the farm road entrance. Helen worked as a nursing auxiliary at Bridge of Earn Hospital beside my mum. And when Prospect place was emptied and demolished, our family moved to Sunnyside Place around the same time as the Kanes went to Lumphinnans Road and they kept in touch. 

Is there any chance of someonee knowing what year this photo was taken?  My mum, Helen, died in 1990. She had moved to Nuneaton with a guy she lived with from Tulibody who was in the pits and moved for the work there at the time. My Auntie Betty is still alive as is my Uncle Davy and Auntie Anne. My granddad Auld Jock, as he was called, died in 1966.   He worked in “the Minto”, Brighills until his death.

I have to say, seeing this picture touches the old strings a bit if you know what I mean.  I am so glad I was browsing the net now. I hope you can assist a bit with the picture dating.

Thanks again for the great web site. I will be keeping an eye on it from now on. Thanks very much, kind regards, John (Ian) Muir.       

Ronnie Hunter, Dollar
Hi Ian. I was able to help out with the date of the Prospect Place photo (see above) and sent the following email to Ian Muir.

"Dear Ian. Your namesake, Ian Fraser, mailed me the other day, asking if I would identify the year of the photo. Ian's family lived in Stewart Crescent two doors away from us in Adam Place (opposite the cooking centre).

I had submitted the photo to Ian. It was a small, scruffy print and had lain in a drawer for years.  I had no problem in identifying the name of every person on the picture, except for some of the babes in arms (they were also Muirs, though, but apparently no relations of yours).

Now, your family I knew so well as they lived only two doors away.  Our address was No. 4 Prospect Place, and the year was 1945.  I was ten and my wee brother Alan, standing in front of me, was two (he is the one holding the greyhound's tail!).  Alan and Ian Fraser are about the same age although Alan was more of a friend to Morag, Ian's wee sister.

I remember your Gran and Grandad (Jock, who worked in Brighills, as did my own Grandad Jim Hunter -- fifty years in the same pit) so well and of course all of their children, your uncle Davie and the girls, Helen (your Mum), Anne and Betty.  Mind you, your Mum was always called "Nellie," and Anne was "Annie." 

Davie and I used to fill a silk stocking with paper and rags and play long-shooting outside the very doors on the hard, dirt roadway.  Davie fancied himself as a goalkeeper. Your Gran was a very kindly woman and often, if my Mum was out, she would give me a piece on jam and a drink of milk to keep me going.  No door was ever locked at night.

Now if you trawl further down that picture page, you will see the photo of the Lochgelly West football team of 1947-8.  I was captain and am holding the cup.  I would be two or three years older than I was on the Prospect Place photo.

It is most interesting to learn what happened to the Muir family after Prospect Place.  Despite the privations, the lack of space, the "lavvies" round the back (at least they were flushing cisterns!), I recall very happy times there. 

Especially during the war years when we all played and gathered under the street lamp.  There was a brick-built air raid shelter opposite your Gran's house and I suspect that many of us gleaned much of our education in or around its precincts!

Your mention of Helen (also "Nellie" I have to say) Kane, brought back a very happy bunch of memories.  I was considered reasonably good at art as a wee boy at the West School and could draw straight lines (I became an architect eventually, in real life).  When I was about eight or nine years old, Nellie Kane, whom I thought was drop-dead gorgeous looking, used to come into our house and stand on a small stool before she had a date with some lucky guy.  I was comissioned to "draw" mock seams on the back of her legs as there were no nylons in these days (unless they got in with American soldiers).  I used to look forward to that, until, for some reason, as I got older, I was taken off the job! I think they call it "shoogly-hand syndrome."  Or maybe Nellie met an American!

There are other stories that I could tell you relating to that photo. One boy on the photo would come to be murdered in the seventies. Another on the photo (not a relative of yours I would stress) stole coal from my Dad's wee coalhouse in the close.  My Mum thought the police should be called but my Dad's pals, who found who the culprit had been, had other ideas, and they did not bother the police.  That guy did not walk about very well for a month or two.  Rough justice had been meted out.  At that time, my Dad had been injured in the pit and was on eighteen bob a week's compensation.  Thus the crime was considered particularly vile.

So there you are.  I hope you find some of this interesting.  You have opened up a can of great memories for me and our family as well.  Maybe we can get together some time for a proper blether.  We live in Dollar, but I pass through Halbeath now and again on my way to the Weight-Watchers' class in Cowdenbeath.

With kind regards to you and all your family.

Ron ("Ronnie") Hunter." 

John Farrelly, London.
Hi Ian. Some of the Muirs in the picture of Prospect Place were related to me. John Muir (tallest in back row) was my uncle as his wife Eileen was a sister of my father Eric Farrelly.
Uncle John and aunt Eileen and their three kids (Rena, Tom, Betty) stayed with my grandfather Paddy Farrelly in number 10 before they moved to 100 Paul Street and had another five kids(Patsy, Johnny, Eric, Aileen, Carol).
My grandad died around 1972. He had no birth certificate but I remember him telling me a few years before he died thet he was 100. John and Eileen died a few years ago preceded by Rena and Tom.
My mother was Margaret (Peg) Mclaren. I was born in Richmond Place but left Lochgelly a long time ago. I still have so many memories of working for the Co-op in slaughterhouse with Jimmie Spittal - there was a real character - and having a few drinks in the Queens Hotel. Oh happy, happy days. Anyway if anyone remembers me or if I can supply any info please get in touch. John Farrelly.

Patricia (Scally) Creaney
Hi Ian, I have been doing some family research and discovered my great-grandparents James and Mary Scally lived at 29 Hunter Street, Lochgelly. They both died in 1932.
James was a blacksmith in the coal mine. The children of
the family were James, John(my grandfather), Thomas, Ellen, Mary, Joseph, Agnes and Maggie. If anyone can remember any of them I would love to hear from them. Thank you. Patricia Creaney nee Scally.


Rebecca Dunn, Burton-on-Trent



Hi. I have recently found your website and was very pleased to see a photo of my mother, Catherine Thompson, on one of the school photos in the 1950's.  She and my father John skinner were brought up in Lochgelly and went to the South School.

They were married in St Andrews Church before moving to Newhall in Burton on Trent with my dads family. I think my mum's family may still live in Lochgelly - one of her brothers was Jim Thompson and her mother was Nelly Thompson.

My fathers parents were Mary and Robert Skinner and his brothers were Robert and David Skinner and his sister was Elizabeth Skinner.

I will show my mum your web site which I am sure she will be very excited to see. Best regards. Rebecca Dunn.


Regular reader Neil McDonald,
"I admire the amount of work you have done on this site and never tire of looking back at the old photographs.
"However, the best thing on this site is the amazing video collection. Where do you dig them up? I really do appreciate your videos which I find very entertaining but also informative at the same time. Those were the days!

Jean Denzey, Hants
Hi Ian. I have just started my family tree on my father's  side, James Heggie but I have  been unable to find my grandfathers date and place of birth. 
I know he had an ironmongery or saddlers shop in Lochgelly in the 1930s. I think he was born in 1877 and died in the early 1950s.  My father,  also James Heggie, was born in Glasgow in 1908 but my grandfathers address was 23 North Street Lochgelly.
When my grandfather married Jeanie Dalglish in 1907 his address was Plantation Road Lochgelly. I wondered if as he was in business if there was an obituary in the local paper when he died.  It might give me a clue. 
I live in Hampshire so it is a bit difficult researching your local paper!!  I would  be pleased to hear from anyone who can help me.  Good luck with your web site. Jean Denzey 

Janis (Taylor) Kenny
Dear Ian. I have enjoyed  reading about folk who  lived in Lochgelly and have moved to various places around the world.
I knew quite a few people that have written to your site, like Brian Wilson, and I think John Muir has relatives who are related to my family which is quite good to know.
Its a great site just to have a look back at the good old days. I can remember the night that the East School went on fire, also the cooking centre that was in Adam Place. Our favourite place to play was down the braes, also the water tank where a crowd of us sat for hours just talking, also over the plantin getting stung by the nettles while picking berries.
My sister Wilma Taylor and I attended Lochgelly West School and then up to old Beath. We stayed in Garry Street then moved down to Stewart Crescent where Wilson Bruce lived next door to our family. My gran was Mrs Duncan and my parents were Janet and Alex Taylor who was better known as Coco to his workmates at the Peeweep pit and Solsgirth.
My sister Wilma still stays in our parents house with her family while I stay in Mr and Mrs Quinns house in Gordon St with husband Trevor and son Craig. Our daughter Charlene also lives in Gordon St where Jimmy Pitcairns mum and dad lived. 
It would be good to hear from people who knew our family. Janis Kenny (nee Taylor)

Kerry Furnell, Australia
Hi Ian. I visit your site regularly and also do a lot of googling to find updated info on Lochgelly. Today I came across these excellent videos on YouTube.  I thought you might link to them, as I am sure many people would enjoy them, especially those abroad who have forgotten what a real Lochgelly accent sounds like.


Keep up the good work! Kerry Furnell.



Ella's photos show the way into Lochgelly (above) and the way out (below)


Lochgelly is the original Happyland