From being in the running for a Carbuncle award, Lochgelly has been voted Scotland’s most improved town.
The former mining community scooped the prestigious award from the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum, beating off stiff competition from Linwood, Gourock and Auchterarder to secure the title.
Councillor Mark Hood, the chairman of the Cowdenbeath area committee which covers Lochgelly, said: “For Lochgelly to win this prestigious award just proves that the hard work and determination of everyone involved in improving Lochgelly is paying off.”
The award left Brian Schultz from the local community council “overwhelmed”.
He said the community, key agencies and partners had shown a sustained commitment and resilience in taking plans forward and the Fife town fully deserved its accolade.
The community had worked hard since 2000 to “put the heart back into Lochgelly” added Lochgelly Community Development Forum’s Helen Ross.
“And we are not finished yet,” she added.
It is a remarkable turnaround for the town which has been nominated for a Plook on the Plinth award.