THE historic Hat and Ribbon race is returning to Inverkeithing tomorrow (Friday) after an enforced two-year break due to Covid.

And, in keeping with tradition, the Lammas Fair races will take place the night before the Inverkeithing Highland Games.

Helen Doig, chair of Inverkeithing Community Council, who organise the event, said: "It's important to the town because it's historical.

"There used to be roughly five fairs in the town back in the early 17th century and the Lammas Fair, which includes the Highland games, is the only remaining one in Inverkeithing.

"Part of the Lammas Fair is the hat and ribbon race on the Friday night before the Highland Games on the Saturday."

Invited guests and community councillors will meet at the Queens Hotel at 6.15pm before making their way to the race starting point on Hope Street at 7pm.

The procession will be led by the Burntisland and District Juvenile Pipe Band and Inverkeithing cub scout leader Darrian Wilson who will be carrying the hat and ribbon through the town.

Helen added: "The local people have supported us very well and now we're looking for them to come along to the event. It really is about the enjoyment, as it was in the 17th century. It was a day for letting your hair down!"

Races for children aged six and under, for those aged seven to nine and 10 to 14 will be taking place as well as the Ladies Lammas race and the main Hat and Ribbon race for those aged 15 and over.

Prizes will be presented by Fife Provost Jim Leishman outside the Civic Centre.