Twenty-seven doors are opening across Kirkcaldy and Central Fife on Sunday, 12 September as part of the annual Doors Open Days event.
Burntisland offers visitors and locals the chance to see round the Heritage Centre & Burgh Chambers. The 2010 Exhibition brings to life Mary Somerville and her ongoing legacy to science. As does the Museum of Communication in the High Street where the 19th century astronomer and mathematician is an important addition to the Great Scots Exhibition. Also important are the strawberry cream teas available in the café.
New for Kirkcaldy this year is the Coptic Orthodox Church (St Marks) in Link Street which serves a congregation made up of more than eight nationalities from all over Scotland. In its conversion from Invertiel Parish Church in 1994, a stunning golden wall of religious icons from Egypt was created which dominates the interior of the Church.
Nabil Ramzy is Deacon at Kirkcaldy Coptic Church: “This is a great opportunity for us to show our Church and explain its origins and history. We provide a number of services to our community and we look forward to seeing new faces and have the chance to make new friends. We hope the public will enjoy our Egyptian cuisine which is available from 12.30pm following our morning service. Father Mark Aziz, Parish priest welcomes everyone and is delighted to give guided tours of the Church”.
Line up, if you dare, for a visit to Kirkcaldy Police Station. Guided tours will include breath testing, fingerprinting, DNA profiling and the Police Dog section. Once released you could pop along to Kirkcaldy’s Art Club on Hot Pot Wynd in Dysart and view the pottery, paintings and crafts in this old building which once was used as the domestic offices and laundry for the Sinclair family.
West Wemyss offers guided walks around this beautifully restored village and St Adrian’s Church throws open its doors. Built in 1890 it boasts an old pulpit of oak panels, marble font and antique communion table. Complete your tour with a stop at the Kirkland marshalling yard which once handled all coal exports out of Fife through Methil docks.
Theresa Hughes co-ordinates Doors Open for Fife on behalf of Fife Council’s Development Services: “This event, now well established in Fife’s calendar, is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to see inside places they wouldn’t normally get access to, and all free. The variety is fantastic; behind the stage at the theatre, up the steps of St Serf’s tower, or beyond the chapel in the crematorium. I’m delighted that parents are encouraging children to examine their local heritage more each year with the new Children’s Passport available on-line or at every venue. This peek indoors, and out, makes one appreciate the superb visitor experience which Fife offers all year round”.