2018 in photos: Community spirit to the fore in a year of highs and lows in Fife

© DC ThomsonFiona Philp with the dragon in the background.
Fiona Philp with the dragon in the background.

It’s been yet another year of highs and lows across Fife in all walks of life, and our photographers have been out and about to capture the emotion of it all.

Events were held throughout the year to mark 100 years since the end of World War One and towns and villages paid tribute in many, many different ways, with a unique piece of sand art one of the more poignant in St Andrews.

Members of the public gather on West Sands Beach, St Andrews, Scotland, for filmmaker Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea.

Community spirit was evident in spades across the region, whether it was Fiona Philp brightening people’s lives by installing an 8ft dragon in her Limekilns garden to the heartwarming story of Leven hairdresser Craig Boyd, who offered families forced to use foodbanks free haircuts for children starting school in August.

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Fiona Philp with the dragon in the background.
Leven hairdresser Craig Boyd.

That same sense of banding together in the face of adversity was also evident when fierce storms battered the Kingdom, particularly with the Beast from the East in February and March and the damaging Storm Ali in September.

Marquee destruction during the high winds at Old Course in St Andrews.

Tragedy struck the region on many different occasions, but one of the hardest to bear was the death of former Kirkcaldy High School pals Ethan King and Connor Aird in a fatal crash on the Standing Stane Road.

Floral tributes after the Standing Stane Road tragedy.
Fire crews at Inverkeithing Primary School.

There was also sadness on the coast as five pilot whales became stranded near Culross, with dozens of volunteers involved in a huge rescue operation which came to no avail for four of the beautiful mammals.

One of the pilot whales at Culross.

But there were many joyful occasions captured as well, whether it be during the Queen’s visit to Leuchars in the summer, when Outlander’s stars visited Falkland and Culross for some more filming, or in amongst the foam during St Andrews University’s annual Raisin Monday celebrations.

The Queen presented a new standard to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at Leuchars.
Preparations are well under way for the filming of series 4 of Outlander.
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight.

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