PARS stars past and present came together to remember a much-loved fan on Saturday night – and raise between £6-7,000 for charity.

Season ticket-holder Mike Mlotkiewicz died on December 8, 2017, at the age of 63 after a short battle with cancer and, on Saturday, 250 people packed out the Carnegie Conference Centre in his honour.

Son Michael, who previously worked for the club as their general manager, organised a sportsman’s dinner to raise funds for the Victoria Hospice at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, who cared for Mike in his final days.

Former stars including Roy Barry, John Salton, Marc Millar, Derek Fleming and Martin Hardie, along with members of the current squad and backroom team, joined guest speakers Jim Leishman, ex-referee John Rowbotham, and former Motherwell player and noted after-dinner speaker John Gahagan in remembering Mike.

Born in Dunfermline, the former St Leonard’s Primary and Queen Anne High school pupil was well-known throughout the town from having worked in the Watering Hole pub in the 1980s – whose pool team he captained – and from competing in stock car racing.

He went on to work on the Forth Road Bridge tolls and, latterly, with Sky and TNT at Edinburgh Airport, but the Pars remained a strong passion throughout his life.

Michael, who said that he was hoping to hold the event annually, said: “It went great and we’re really chuffed with the outcome.

“We sold it out with two weeks to go but there was still a demand for tickets. He was a well-kent face about the town; he had people-facing jobs and he travelled home and away watching the Pars.

“It was a good atmosphere and we made a lot of money, which was the main thing. We don’t have a final total yet but it looks like we’ve raised between £6-7,000.

“The feedback has been tremendous and we’re now looking to hold it every year around this time. His birthday would’ve been January 31, so it helps keep his memory alive and raise money for the hospice.”

He added: “All proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting this selfless service, which will hopefully assist in their vital work going forward. 

“My dad was only in for four days but they went out of their way to accommodate us and make him feel comfortable.

“It gave me and my family an insight into the hard work and dedication of the staff and the vital service that they provide to the patients and their loved ones.

“My dad was a much-loved and respected man and he is sadly missed.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting the event.”