“Two of the most humble, genuine and amazing people you will ever meet.”
That’s just one of the hundreds of tributes paid over the weekend to much loved Leven lads Danny Allardyce and Terence Thornber, who were killed in a car crash on the town’s Windygates Road in the early hours of Friday morning.
The community has been left in shock in the wake of the tragedy, and many who knew the two men held a candlelit vigil on Leven beach last night as not only a means of paying their respects but also to support each other as they try to come to terms with their passing.
Thousands of pounds have also been raised via a JustGiving page set up to help give Danny and Terence a proper send off.
Danny, 29, a former Buckhaven High School pupil, and Terence, 27, who went to Kirkland High School, were both well known locally and were familiar faces as bar workers at the likes of Agenda in Leven.
The tragedy comes less than eight months after Danny’s mum Linda passed away following a battle with cancer.
Linda, who was 66 when she died in November, was well-known as the head of the town’s Rose Queen and Civic Week celebrations and was also a member of Leven Community Council.
Danny’s dad Gordon and brother Jack are being comforted by relatives and friends and have received hundreds of messages of support from well-wishers.
Terence, meanwhile, was a chef with experience at a number of high-end venues including The Peat Inn, the Old Course Hotel and Balbirnie House.
His sister Kimberley Mcmann posted a picture of Terence in his chef whites with the simple caption: “Fly high little Bro xxx”.
Leven publican Lee Murray, who used to run Agenda, visited the team there in the wake of the tragedy.
He said: “They are absolutely traumatised as a result of this.
“I’ve known Danny since I employed him when he was 14-years-old and I was devastated to hear the news.
“Danny was embedded in the pub industry here, earning his stripes to reach management level.
“He was a phenomenal barman, a phenomenal worker, and was known by so many people in Levenmouth.
“Danny was so full of life, full of mischief and he would do anything to help anyone. A really good lad. His loss is an awful tragedy.”
Just weeks ago, Danny and Terence were among a number of volunteers from Agenda who worked with Rotary Leven and the People’s Pantry to provide more than 4,000 meals to community members in need.
Labour Leven councillor Colin Davidson commented: “I knew the individuals involved and recently witnessed how they and their work colleagues had selflessly volunteered to prepare and deliver hot meals to residents shielding during the lockdown in Levenmouth.
“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the lads, their families, work colleagues and emergency services in the difficult days that lie ahead.”
Fife band Shambolics revealed both Terence and Daniel were regulars at their gigs and were good friends with the band’s drummer and his girlfriend.
Sending their “deepest condolences” to family and friends, the band took to social media to post a poignant video Terence had sent them of him covering their track ‘Chasing a Disaster’.
The Courier understands that the section of road where the accident happened between Letham Glen and Glenlyon Road could be closed for up to three weeks due to the unstable nature of the building struck by the white Golf GTI Danny and Terence were travelling in.
An emergency structural survey of the building next to Lamberts Garage has been carried out, and props have been used to shore up the building while work is ongoing.
Sergeant Nicola Young, from Fife’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Daniel and Terence at this very difficult time.
“Enquiries into the crash are ongoing and I would like to thank everyone who has assisted with these.
“A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”
Neither family wished to provide formal tributes at this time.