BENARTY Fundraisers' Burns Night held at Lochore Institute was put on for the various senior citizens groups in the Ballingry, Lochore, Crosshill and Glencraig area, and also invited guests.

The Fundraisers have been running the Burns evening for senior citizens for several years and it is thoroughly enjoyed by the veterans as contributions come from talented local people.

The MC for the evening was Stewart Colquhoun, from Crosshill, who co-ordinated things excellently and the evening started with the haggis being piped in by Duty Piper, Declan Stewart, from Ballingry.

The catering for the evening was provided by Gail and staff, from Orebank Cafe, Lochore, and everyone had a braw plate of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.

Cardenden Burns expert, John Gilfillan, was delighted to be asked address the haggis, and during the evening he contributed some entertaining poems dressed perfectly for the occasion!

Musical backing came from Stewart Abercrombie, from Cardenden, and singer was Claire Mclean, from Lochgelly, who contributed some lovely Burns songs.

There was also some excellent dancing from the Sara Hendry School of Highland Dance from Benarty and Glenrothes, with local dancers giving outstanding performances.

As ever the Fundraisers were indebted to many local sponsors to make the evening a success and the volunteer group's James Fotheringham, said: "Special thanks to the companies and people that helped out on the night and that includes the Co-op staff from the Lochore store, Conrad Courts Taxis and Angela Greenlees.

"Also a big thank-you also for the Lochore Tute staff and committee for the use of the hall and all the preparations they made to the hall.

"Lastly thank-you to all the public, family and friends of the Fundraisers for your continued support over the years.

"We were expecting just over 65 people on the night but sadly, what was an awful night the weather wise, put put a few of them off going out but everyone who was there had a great night".

The Fundraisers, whose Splash for Cash event, at Lochore Meadows Country Park on New Year's Day, was a big success, would welcome some new members to help them back good causes in the Benarty area.

Added James: "If anyone would like to get involved volunteering or on the committee please get in touch, everyone is welcome".