FANS of The Skids are flocking to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries for a special exhibition.

The showcase celebrates the work and music of frontman Richard Jobson and the iconic punk rockers in their hometown.

From 1977, the year that the influential group formed in Dunfermline, right up to 2018 with the release of their first album in 35 years, the exhibition includes some incredible and unusual pieces of memorabilia.

The collection, which runs until August 28, also boasts artwork and photographs submitted by fans and the band themselves.

The venue for this exhibition is significant for the band. In the building’s former guise, a then teenaged Jobson would seek heat and respite to pen lyrics to some of The Skids’ earliest hits under the roof of the world’s first Carnegie Library.

Some of these original lyric sheets are on show in the exhibition.

Jobson’s artwork ‘Scared to Dance’ – named for the first Skids album – will also be displayed, along with footage from their gigs over the years.

From posters and photographs to lyrics and rare vinyl records, the show promises to be a treasure trove for fans old and new.

The Skids played their first gig on August 19, 1977 at the Bellville Hotel in Pilmuir Street. Within six months they had released the Charles EP on the No Bad record label.

Guitarist and co-writer Stuart Adamson left the band after the recording of their third (and most commercially successful) album The Absolute Game in 1980.

He went on to scale new heights as Big Country’s frontman, while The Skids continued on for one more LP release before calling it a day at their peak in 1982.

The exhibition also looks at the career of Jobson – musician, poet, film maker, author and broadcaster, and visitors will be able to see some of his work in these mediums. A series of talks and celebratory events will be held in celebration of the band’s history.

Both Calum Miller and Calum Traynor, of PJ Molloys and Weekend Revolution, have played a key part in organising the first ever Skids convention throughout the town on May 19 & 20.

Two live shows will be played at PJ’s on both the Saturday and Sunday, while Jobson reads extracts from his new novel, Into the Valley, and will be taking questions from fans at the galleries during the weekend.

The first showing of The Skids documentary, which followed the band on their 40th anniversary tour around the UK, will be screened throughout the weekend.

The Old Town Barber Club in Maygate will also be converted into a gin bar, with drinks being served on the Sunday.

Speaking to the Press in January, Jobson said: He said: “This is going to be such a great event for our fans and ourselves. It’s an exciting time. We’re really looking forward to the shows, exhibition, documentary and the gin bar as well.

“If you had told me years ago that this convention would be happening after a 40th anniversary tour and a new album, I wouldn’t have believed you.”