A "TRUE McKane legend" was remembered on Saturday as a memorial to a Dunfermline and Carnegie Cricket Club stalwart was unveiled.

Jim Leishman led the tributes to Tom Gibson as a £5,000 electronic scoreboard, paid for thanks to a fundraising campaign organised by the club, was installed in his honour.

Tom, who passed away last November at the age of 72, was a former captain and president of the club, serving them for more than half a century.

He first joined as a schoolboy in the 1960s and, during his time as president, a position he held for more than 20 years, the club began to engage professionals for the first time since the sixties.

He also served as the chairman of the McKane Park Trustees, who factor the cricket area and First XV rugby pitch at McKane Park, for a quarter of a century and a large crowd of more than 80 people – including Tom's widow, Nancy, and Dunfermline Athletic chairman, Ross McArthur – were in attendance for the unveiling.

Provost Leishman said: "Tom Gibson played cricket at McKane Park for more than 50 years and served as president and chair of the park trustees. He was a true McKane legend.

"The ground and club was very important to him and this state-of-the-art scoreboard is a fitting memorial to him."

Club president Martin Honeyford said: "What got me was that Nancy phoned me on Tuesday, and she said Jim Leishman is coming down, and he's going to do it officially.

"I was so chuffed. I couldn't believe that he actually came down and took the time out because he's obviously busy with other things.

"Nancy was just totally gobsmacked. She thoroughly enjoyed it, and so did I, because we know how much hard work has gone in to getting the scoreboard up, and then organising Saturday."

Celebrant Graham Primose oversaw the ceremony, which was also attended by the club's first XI, who had been due to play Holy Cross in a league fixture, only for it to be cancelled due to the weather.

He said: "Tom started his McKane Park experience as a junior member on May 21, 1957, and went on to play at various levels on the ground and was an important figure behind the scenes as president and trustees chairman.”

Tom's nephew, Gerry Spreng, added: "While he wanted the club to do well every time it took the field, home or away, he also loved seeing the club’s players excelling, and he would take in every minute of a game at McKane, desperate for a home win.

"He always wanted McKane Park to have an important place in Scottish cricket."