FOLLOWING the success of their Elderly Forum at the end of November, the Central fife Crime Prevention Panel is committed to running the event in 2020.

Almost 130 residents from the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area came together at Lochgelly Town Hall and enjoyed an afternoon of great chat, music, entertainment and excellent informative safety information, given by the Crime Prevention Group, working with local community officers Gary Chrystal, Gavin Keith and Dav Scola.

The Panel's meeting on Wednesday heard how the afternoon began with the presentation by Jim Leishman, Fife's Provost, to the George Bird Memorial Community Champion, Vi Penman, from Cardenden.

Vi has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for years in many areas of community work and began the charity, Tots2TeenTogs, some years ago and is one of the front of house staff/management in the Cardenden Community Shop, among a host of other causes she is involved with.

Chairman Dave Roy said: "There were one or two things that could have gone better but overall it was a great day and one enjoyed by over 120 local senior citizens, and the young entertainers from Beath High, Lochgelly South Primary and Lochgelly High were excellent.

"The panel members were pleased with the way the day went and are already searching for a date in 2020 for next year's Elderly Forum."

Cardenden councillor, Rosemary Liewald, helps the panel run the event and she commented: "The entertainment from our local singers, primary schools, Beath High School and our European Championship winning Pipe Band, from Lochgelly High, really made it an event not to be missed.

"A huge thanks goes to Dave Roy, Betty Wotherspoon, Anne Lockhart, Jim Stark, Police Inspector Gavin Cameron, and community police team members Gavin Keith, Gary Chrystal, and the latest officer to join the Cowdenbeath team, Davide Scola, for their magnificent contributions."