A CAIRNEYHILL Primary pupil who lost her treasured Pars top in the recent school fire received a new one as a late Christmas gift – and the chance to meet her heroes.

Eight-year-old Cerys Hardie, who together with sister Caitlin is a season ticket-holder at East End, was left devastated when the December blaze that ripped through the school claimed her favourite strip.

But, thanks to the Pars Foundation, she not only has a replacement but was invited to the ground with Caitlin for a behind-the-scenes tour and the chance to meet manager Allan Johnston and some of the first-team squad – including their favourite, Joe Cardle.

The girls then watched their side win the New Year derby clash with Falkirk and delighted mum Gen said: “I tweeted as though through the eyes of a child that all she was worried about was her Pars top.

"I tagged Dunfermline in it, my brother retweeted it and they got in touch to say they’d like to get her along to present her with a new top and give her a tour of the stadium.

“They’re a big presence in the community and, when we told her, she was absolutely delighted. She asked if her sister could go along too and I think they were a bit star-struck!

“Their dad went along with them – I’m a Dundee United fan – but they loved it, although I don’t think they said much!

“They got to meet Joe Cardle, which was a highlight because he’s their favourite player, and got a goodie bag as well. It fair cheered her up!”