Media release: Fife celebrates royal wedding

CONGRATULATIONS from the Fife Tourism Partnership are being sent to the royal couple for their forthcoming marriage.

A wedding card has been designed by Fife Council’s Development Services’ graphic designer, Richard Rogala, and features an acrylic by local artist, Ken Roberts.

The chosen painting is entitled, The Old Town Blues, St Andrews, and portrays the iconic roofs and spires view from the West Sands.

Says a spokesperson: “Prince William and Kate Middleton’s scholastic and romantic associations with St Andrews have turned the international spotlight onto Fife.

“Worldwide attention is focused on the town where the couple met and local businesses could benefit from an increase in visitors anxious to walk in the pair’s footsteps.

“With tourism a hugely important industry for Fife, contributing over £260 million annually to the economy and supporting almost 12,000 jobs, the Partnership wish to acknowledge the couple’s unwitting contribution to Fife’s tourist market by sending best wishes from the area where they met.”

John Parker, chair of the Fife Tourism Partnership, has signed the card on behalf of the Partnership and commented: “We chose this particular painting because it’s a romantic scene of St Andrews beach and we’re sure the royal couple will have walked there during their time at St Andrews University.

“Hopefully, this will be a happy reminder of those days.”

Ken Roberts is primarily a landscape artist, using acrylics on boldly textured surfaces.

His paintings are of local scenes in Fife using lively colours and an inventive perspective.

He’s delighted that this particular picture has been chosen for the congratulations card:

“The West Sands at St Andrews is one of the world’s most famous beaches and has surely been the backdrop for many romantic liaisons over the years.

“I hope the royal couple retain their Fife connections. Their presence here has stimulated focus on St Andrews as a quality university town and beautiful tourist destination offering a warm, traditional, Scottish welcome.”

There’s a chance to see more of Ken’s work, and that of other Fife artists, during Open Studios North Fife which runs between Friday, 6 and Sunday, 8 May.

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Contact: Frances Chisholm