A WORLD War One love story, the banning of the school belt, the Blue Brazil and the local gala, are among stories being considered for a new heritage project all about the history of Cowdenbeath.

Over the coming months Fife-based arts group, Anim8s, will be uncovering some of the people, places and stories that have made the town what it is today.

The aim is to make up to 20 short films about key individuals, businesses and organisations who have made a contribution to the life of the town known in its heyday as the Chicago of Fife. The films will be available to be viewed by locals and visitors using plaques placed at key spots around the town and on a specially designated website.

In the coming weeks Anim8s will be asking our readers for their memories and memorabilia. They’re also hoping some local people may be willing to feature on-screen in what will become a moving image addition to already extensive materials regarding the history of the town.

Anim8s Associate Artist Martin Ayres said: “Cowdenbeath is a unique town with a remarkable history and we’re keen to have local people tell its story.

"There are already a remarkable number of local historians who have given support and our aim is to work with them to tell some of the dramatic stories they have discovered and hopefully add a few findings of our own.

"We’ve been doing some research of our own, have met with lots of individuals and groups, including the Community Council, and we’re now ready to ask the broader community for their help. We’re keen to hear from people who may have photos, films or old keepsakes that will add a much-needed visual element to our films”.

The Co-op was an integral part of the fast growing town as the mining industry thrived in Cowdenbeath throughout the first half of the 20th century.

By 1950 the Co-op dominated High Street and dominated the Fountain area.

Added Martin: "The fire of 1963 was a considerable blow to what was a fine institution and we’re keen to feature that event and the Co-op itself. "We’d love to hear from anyone who worked there back in the 60s and from people who have first-hand memories of the fire. We’d be delighted if people were willing to share their stories, photos and any mementos they might have".

You can contact Martin at info@anim8s.com or call him on 01383 415598 if you have something to share.