THE first photograph in this week’s trip down West Fife’s Memory Lane is from 1990 and is of Menzies’ shop in the High Street that is now occupied by WH Smith.

Many people still call the shop by its original name as Cameron Ross Turk points out: “Now I know why my mum always called WH Smith ‘John Menzies’ long after the shop changed its name. I grew up in the the 1990s-early 2000s and I always wondered why she called it that when I always knew it as WH Smith.”

Rhona Byers remembers the year this photograph was taken: “That’s the year I left Scotland and moved to Canada. So many changes since I left.”

The next photograph is from much further back in time – 120 years further to be exact. It shows Nicols' shop in the process of being built in the spring of 1902 on the corner of Cross Wynd and the High Street.

Local historian Sue Mowat mentions the popularity of this shop in an excellent article, ‘Shopping for Clothes in Victorian Dunfermline’: "No respectable Victorian, and hardly any unrespectable ones, would venture out of doors without some kind of head covering. Drapers sold a variety of hats for gentlemen. John Davie, of Bridge Street, for instance, advertised ‘Silk and Satin Hats’, including the Prince of Wales and other shapes, and 'Cloth and Tweed Caps in Great Variety’. However, for the widest choice of styles and prices, the place to go was Robert Nicol’s hat shop in the High Street. Mr Nicol also catered for babies and children and his stock included shirt collars, scarves, ties and braces. He had started in business in 1837 and was the founder of Robert Nicol gents outfitters which, after several changes of family ownership, was still trading in Chalmers Street in 1989."

Another shop on the opposite side of Nicols on the High Street that is no longer there today was Liptons supermarket, which was situated beside what is now the Guidhall and Linen Exchange pub.

This picture is from the mid-sixties and the site on which it was built was where the old Royal Hotel had been. Jenny Simmonds remembers it: "My Grandma and Grandpa used to live next door in the upstairs flat of what was the old sheriff court house. We were always in and out of Liptons and the cafe. Mum says one of her earliest memories was watching from the steeple window when the German planes flew up the Forth during World War Two".

Our final image shows the Royal Hotel and the Guildall building in the 1950s. The foundation stone for this building was laid in 1807 and it was used as a Guildhall (town hall) and linen exchange. Its eye-catching 42-metre spire was paid for by public subscription and added in 1811. It was converted five years later into the 'Spire Inn' before becoming the county buildings and sheriff court and, eventually, the job centre in 1993. It also later operated as licensed premises as Whisky Joes and as Shenanigans pubs. In 2012, Wetherspoons renovated and refurbished the building and opened it as The Guildhall and Linen Exchange pub.

With thanks to Frank Connelly