THE Bruce Festival is set to return to Dunfermline this summer to celebrate the 750th anniversary of King Robert the Bruce's birth.

It hasn't been held since before the pandemic but it's hoped the event, to run in Pittencrieff Park on June 1 and 2, will attract more than 10,000 people.

It will feature staged battles, historical demonstrations and mark the anniversary of the birth of Bruce in 1274. 

Councillors will be asked on Tuesday to agree a funding request for £10,000, with the total cost of the two-day event estimated at just under £45,000.

Dunfermline Press: The Bruce Festival is set to return to Dunfermline's Pittencrieff Park this summer.The Bruce Festival is set to return to Dunfermline's Pittencrieff Park this summer. (Image: Newsquest)

A report to the City of Dunfermline area committee explained: "Funds generated will contribute to event set-up, performer fees and essential on-site services like security, toilets and insurance.

"An application is pending for the use of the Glen."

It said that "extensive efforts" are being made to secure external funding by Visit Dunfermline, who are organising this year's festival. 

The application for funding is being made by It's Not All Black and White, a community interest company (CIC). 

The report, by Paul Vaughan, head of communities and neighbourhoods service at the council, said the festival would provide a chance for both visitors and locals to "immerse themselves in Scottish history" and get a "unique experience" in Dunfermline.

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He said the city can boast a "rich tourist appeal, remarkable historical connections, independent shops, a diverse shopping centre and a plethora of recreational and cultural activities, encompassing pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and theatres".

The first Bruce Festival was held in the Glen in 2008. Before one of the previous events, good luck messages were sought from the likes of Bruce Willis and Bruce Springsteen, as well as Dunfermline's own Bruce Watson!

The council have also suggested a condition that, if approved, the £10,000 will not be released until confirmation of external funding is submitted.

Mr Vaughan continued: "The event will receive extensive support through a comprehensive media campaign, encompassing press, public relations and television, along with a social media programme leveraging Visit Dunfermline's substantial following of 52,000 on various platforms.

"Confirmation has been given that a comprehensive marketing strategy is being implemented to maximise outreach and engage with a wide spectrum of potential visitors.

"The applying CIC has extensive marketing experience with a monthly reach of over one million across all its platforms.

"An example of this can be seen with a recent post on the Fife Pilgrim Way which reached over 320,000 people."