START stretching and warming up Inverkeithing as the famous Hat and Ribbon Race is almost upon us.

Arguably one of Scotland’s oldest events, it's part of the town’s annual Lammas Fair and takes place tomorrow (Friday) evening.

It will feature eight races for the royal burgh’s kids and adults alike. Open to all Inverkeithing residents, there will be races in the boys’ and girls’ categories for those aged six and under; seven to nine; and 10 to 14, with winners receiving medals.

Richer pickings are to be had in the Ladies’ Lammas Race, and the premier Hat and Ribbon Race – both open to those aged 15 and over – with trophies and cash prizes up for grabs.

The Hat and Ribbon Race dates back centuries to when the Lammas Fair was a farmers’ market. The shepherds would race along Hope Street on the Friday night with the winner earning a hat and ribbons for his love.

At 6.45pm, before the race, the prize hat will be paraded through the town, accompanied by a pipe band. The Halberd will be carried by Darrian Wilson of 68th Inverkeithing Cub Scouts.

Inverkeithing Community Council organises the races and chair Helen Doig said: “We look forward to this every year and we hope people can come along and support the race. We want to continue doing this for a long time to come.”

Prize giving and a reception will be held after the races at the Civic Centre.