THE Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland will play in Limekilns to help raise funds to fix the village's pier.

Tickets for the chamber concert, to be performed on Thursday March 2 at 7.30pm, are free but there are only 150 up for grabs and they're going fast.

The programme at Limekilns Church will feature a wind quintet, a trombone quartet, small orchestra, 10-piece brass group, a vocalist accompanied by a quartet, a Dixie band and will conclude with a ceilidh band.

In a departure from the band’s usual routine, the event will showcase the talents of the musicians during seven sessions, each lasting about 20 minutes and highlighting the individual skills of the players.

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Limekilns Heritage Trust have gratefully acknowledged the support of the band and said that tickets are already being snapped up.

It's a free event – you can get tickets from the church office, Tuesday to Friday between 10am and noon – although a donation to the trust would be appreciated.

The trust are raising money to help extend the life of the historic pier in Limekilns, which is known locally as Halkett’s Pier.

After decades of being battered by the elements, there are fears the crumbling structure at the harbour could become unsafe and collapse into the Forth if nothing is done.

Some emergency repairs have been carried out, which should give protection in the short term, but last year the trust estimated that further works will cost at least £100,000.

The trust set a target of £200,000 to allow for ongoing maintenance costs in the medium to long term.

Built in the 16th century, the category C listed pier is on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland and is described as being in a “very poor” condition.

It is historically important as Limekilns Harbour was Dunfermline’s port for many centuries and was constituted by David II in 1362.