Fifers have been urged to show their seasonal goodwill by shopping local in light of the ongoing Forth Road Bridge closure.
While welcoming news that restrictions on the A985 will be lifted for the holidays on Wednesday, Fife Council is reminding residents about the wealth of opportunities within the region over the festive period.
Depute council leader and spokesperson for business and economy Lesley Laird said there was plenty on people’s doorstep to help them have a good time.
“Of course Edinburgh is a great destination at this time of year, but don’t be disheartened if you can’t stick to plans for nights out and Christmas shopping across the Forth,” she said.
“Fife has so much to offer, from restaurants and cafs to small gift shops and major retail chains there’s something to help everyone get into the Christmas spirit closer to home.
“We’ve been working with local businesses to understand the impact the closure is having on them, and to offer what support we can.
“If you need a helping hand this winter, why not call on a Fife-based business professional or tradesperson who won’t have far to travel?
“We’ve all got friends and families employed in Fife so, by choosing to use a local company, you’re not just supporting the Fife economy, you’re supporting your neighbours.”
Fife continues to monitor the progress of bridge repairs in the hope that the crossing will reopen as planned on January 4.
Council leader David Ross said it had been a “testing end” to 2015 for all concerned but added: “I’d like to recognise and express my appreciation to all those affected by the closure for their patience and the consideration they have shown in these difficult circumstances, especially to those residents and businesses who have had to put up with significant disruption and inconvenience.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to council staff and those from partner organisations who have pulled together and worked long hours to do whatever they could to ease the frustration of those affected.
“The A985 will be reopened to all vehicles from December 23, which is good news for travellers.
“Please check public transport service updates as timetables will be altered around public holidays.
“If you have relatives coming from further afield for the holidays, look at route and transport options in advance and help them plan the best way to reach you.”