DUNFERMLINE star Barbara Dickson is returning to the place she knows so well to honour the man she describes as "possibly the greatest benefactor ever".

The singer is coming back to her roots to perform a special acoustic concert at the Carnegie Hall as part of the celebrations to mark the 100th year since the death of Andrew Carnegie.

For the 71 year-old, marking such an occasion will be an honour.

"It is such a celebration for me," she told the Press. "I would think my generation thought more about Carnegie and knew more about him than people nowadays do. Going back 50 years or so, our benefits from his generosity was enormous.

"When I think about this, it is not only the Carnegie Hall and the Bennachie, but the legacy – the library and all these things and the stuff that he paid for like the famous children's gala day. It was a wonderful gala day which, when I was young, was for all the children right up to school-leaving age. Carnegie was a great, great man.

"He gave us Pittencrieff Park, he gave us everything that became a focus of civic pride to our city and my mantra about giving Dunfermline back its greatness. Part of that is Carnegie as well as Queen Margaret's legacy with wonderful buildings in the city."

She said Andrew Carnegie was "possibly the greatest benefactor" ever.

"At the time, if you think about what he did – he was an amazing philanthropist. I am very proud to be involved in the concert and celebrate the fact that he lived in and was born in Dunfermline and left what he did to us."

For Barbara, returning to the famous Dunfermline venue is something which is always special to her.

"I really, really like the Carnegie Hall. I love the place because it has long, long historical memories for me from being there as a little girl dancing in Miss Holroy's dancing school when I was about five. I was never very good at dancing. I seem to think everyone went one way and I went the other.

"The smell of the theatre – smell memories are interesting. When I went back in 1977 I could smell that memory, like the gym shoes and chalk and all sorts of things. I am used to going back and I love it.

"I am coming with Nick Holland who is my keyboard player. I am bringing Anthony Toner to open up the show and he is an excellent songwriter.

"The intimacy of the show will be just brilliant, the Carnegie Hall is a wonderful venue for that."

After starting out singing in various folk clubs across Fife, Barbara went onto enjoy success in both music and acting.

She became the biggest-selling Scottish female album artist of all time, earning six platinum, 11 gold and seven silver records, with instantly-recognisable hits such as Answer Me, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and The Caravan Song, to name but a few from the '70s and '80s.

Her first hit single, Answer Me, was released early in 1976 and a guest residency on the BBC’s hugely successful The Two Ronnies TV show later that year brought Barbara into the homes of more than 15 million viewers on Saturday evenings.

"The Two Ronnies was the first time people remembered me," she added, "No-one knew me and then I was in The Two Ronnies for eight consecutive weeks and 16 million people watched that every Saturday night. It was a really good career memory but there's all sorts of things as well – getting an OBE was lovely in 2002, having a couple of Olivier Awards from work in the theatre, there are all sorts of things."

Barbara now lives in Edinburgh, however, she has never lost her love for the place where she grew up.

"For me to come back, it is great. I become a Dunfermline person again," she explained. "Dunfermline people know I am one of their own. I never tried to be anything other than totally proud of my roots. My father was born and bred in Dunfermline. I have relatives in Dunfermline, I have got school friends in Dunfermline and other friends.

"I am very fond of going to the Fire Station Creative. I love the whole idea of having the Fire Station Creative in the middle of Dunfermline. It is such a wonderful facility. If I go back, I tend to pop in there and I pop into the library as well so I am kind of up to speed with what is going on.

"I feel very close to the town and I watch with great interest what is happening to make Dunfermline grand again.

"I think it is going the right way. I still think it is not given enough importance. People tend to drive past and don't realise what is here."

The performance in Dunfermline is one of a string which she has scheduled over the coming months, including the Proms in the Park at Glasgow Green this weekend.

"I am delighted to be asked to do that," added Barbara. "I am very busy. I am making an album which won't be out of the door until next year. I am doing a lot of lovely work. I am doing some recording and just keeping my hand in and doing anything I like that comes my way, anything I am offered that I think. 'That would be fun'."

The Carnegie centenary concert will take place on September 21 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available by visiting onfife.com.