All the fun of the fair has returned to the Fife coast – with thousands of people expected to enjoy the thrills and spills of the Links Market over the next several days.
One of the longest open air funfairs in Europe, the Links Market’s mix of rides, amusements and attractions draw people to Kirkcaldy every year and provides the local economy with a timely boost.
Up to 8,000 people will be on the Esplanade during peak times until Monday night.
An estimated 120,000 people visit the town throughout the six-day extravaganza, and high-visibility patrols will support marshalling firm Global Security to manage the event.
“It’s always a very special atmosphere during the Links Market and many people come from all over the Kingdom and further afield to enjoy the street fair,” said event commander Chief Inspector Tom Brown.
“In preparation for this event, we have once again been working closely with The Showman’s Guild, Global Security, Fife Council and our emergency services partners to provide the best possible to safety and security for residents and visitors.
“The public have a key role to play in helping us preserve safety and deter crime by ensuring they take care of all personal belongings and never leave any valuables unattended at any time.”
Although the market ends on Monday night, road closures from Charlotte Street to the entrance of Morrisons supermarket will be in force until 4pm on Wednesday April 24.
“With thousands of people visiting Kirkcaldy for the Links Market, parking will be at a premium and vehicles should not be left where they are causing an obstruction or danger to motorists or other pedestrians,” Chief Inspector Brown added.
“Free parking will be available at the Thistle multi-storey car park.
“The Police Scotland website has a lot of really useful information and guidance on how to keep yourself and your possessions safe and I would encourage all those coming along to the Links Market to consult this advice at www.scotland.police.uk, before attending.”