Following a fantastic uptake of Kirkcaldy4All’s innovative poetry competition, three local lyricists have been crowned joint winners.
Kirkcaldy resident Brian Fairful, age 72, Cara Hayes age 12 from Kirkcaldy High School and Casey Munro from Kirkcaldy West Primary School submitted the three winning poems, each one capturing the spirit of Kirkcaldy.
To see the poets themselves reciting their poems, please see our YouTube channel here.
The competition, launched on the birthday of Robert Burns, invited all those with a love of Scotland’s ‘lang toun’ to write a poem, with inspiration being drawn from the famous ‘Boy In The Train’ poem by Mary Campbell-Smith.
Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All, the town’s Business Improvement District, explains: “We were delighted with the response to the competition, there is clearly lot of love and respect for the ‘lang toun’ out there, and plenty of creative spirit. Many of the entries were worthy competitors, but Brian, Cara and Casey really stole the show with their excellent poetic works.”
Brian Fairful comments: “I am delighted to one of the three winners, and it’s an honour to have my poem on display. When I heard about the competition I thought it was a great way to put pen to paper and explore what I love about Kirkcaldy.”
The competition is part of a wider scheme, working with Fife-based filmmaker, David Cruikshanks to engage with local businesses a 1-2-1 level. David has been capturing content from the businesses which has been shared via the Kirkcaldy4All digital and social media channels. The initiative has so far proved very popular and supportive, not only for the businesses but also for the end customer.
Bill adds: “We hope to grow on the success of year one and make this annual competition. It has proven a briliant opportunity for local schools and residents to be creative and to celebrate all that makes Kirkcaldy great.”
The “Boy” Returns by Brian Fairful
It’s many years since I set foot
Upon kirkcaldy station
Seems brighter now than long ago
But one thing i’ve found missing
That queer like smell, I knew so well
No longer hits my nostrils
Still, nairns name is well renowned
Throughout this town’s great portals
From past and present, the world o’er
Kirkcaldy’s’ greatest sons
Have changed our lives in many ways
Let me tell you of just some-
Before the ladies throw this out
I know of famous daughters
Pet marjory, when she was but a child
Wrote verse, and poignant letters
Adam smith, robert philp and sanford fleming
Their names will live forever
Never forget what they achieved
Through work, and much endeavour
But now we come to modern times
And plan kirkcaldy’s future
What lies ahead, I can’t foretell
The vision is hard to measure
Whats gone before, now should inspire
To add a brand new splendour
Build once more, a town with pride
And people as its treasure
Kirkcaldy by Cara Hayes
The ducks waddle past at the Bevi Park,
They’ll be oot until its dark.
The Flyers race around the rink,
They don’t have time to stop and think.
Kirkcaldy High is the place to be,
But nothing beats the salty sea.
Go doon the toon wi one of yer mates,
And pop into BB’s and grab some cakes.
If you’re bored then don’t dismay,
Go to the theatre and watch a play.
Go doon the market and have a laugh,
But dinny take yer jacket aff.
Forget Dunfermline or Piscottie,
Because the best place of all is Kirkcaldy.
Go doon to Kittie’s and have a rave,
But always make sure that you behave.
The snow and rain come thrashing doon,
It’s a very unpredictable toon.
Go to Valente’s and grab some fish,
And eat it on a little dish.
Kirkcaldy is my favourite place,
You’ll always see a smiling face.
The Lang Toon by Casey Munro
As I wander round the park I see
The kids playing on the climbing frame
And also the tiny little pirate ship
It’s a good place to fly your kite!
If you think this is a good park then you are right!
The boat races every year!
Oh what a cheer!
And it is all in Kirkcaldy
Near the Beveridge Park is the new leisure centre
Oh it is such pleasure!
It has activities and a swimming pool
Every one said it is so cool
I go there all the time to have a swim
They even have a café
I normally have a diet coke
And it is all in Kirkcaldy
Across the road is the beach
Not to rocky just right
The hot sand is nice on your feet
And the glittering water in front of you
The animals in the water like fish and crabs
You see them all when thy lie on the sand
You could do anything at the beach
And it is all in Kirkcaldy!