People

Characters

Who better to head the list of characters than George Morris a gentle giant (until roused) who lead the children’s gala parade over a period of many years.

Bump Holland the village Jester, his main aim to create fun and laughter.

Tam Lockart the fisher about the one that got away, many household was glad to share the ones that didn’t get away.

Frankie Gibb the village chimney sweep a work alcoholic who had no secrets as you had to shout to let him hear you, he knew ever chimney in the district and how many rods were required.

George Reid the children’s favourite who made jumping jacks (two arms, two legs a body head with head attached and string to make it jump when the frame was made with wood and painted as an acrobat). Many children this would be the only Christmas present.

Tam Leghorn the Pit Policeman everyone loved to hate, chasing would be raiders trying to get a bag of coal from the wagons at the pit sidings.

John Burnside who every night went round the village with a long pole turning on the street gas lights then later returning to turn them off.

William Black (Boris Karlof) manager at Glencraig Colliery in the late 1930s a man who had travelled a bit and took part in the Australian Gold Rush a tough character.

Tam Moffat worked as a hairdresser for many years from 1940s. One morning a early arrival of customers meant the coal fire had not been lit, bring forth some livid comments to which Tam replied that some one had stolen all the coal during the night and that the price of a haircut was increased to cash and a raker (a large piece of coal) of coal, by lunch time the coal cellar had a months supply.

On meeting a girl at the dancing on Saturday night the bold Tam arrived at her door on Sunday telling her mother he had been invited to tea, after spending a pleasant night he started to walk from Cardenden to Glencraig near midnight on passing the Lochgelly Cemetery he was haled by someone shouting Tam on entering the cemetery in his best Burns quote he described the witches and warlocks dancing and sitting on his coffin one of his clients who had died two weeks earlier, he didn’t stop running until was safely home.