Published: 15/06/2016 08:55 - Updated: 13/06/2016 10:57

Colours of Cluny team set for light fantastic

‘COLOURS of Cluny’ is the name of an autumn event that is set to light up Forres.

The new logo for the autumn light show in Forres.
The new logo for the autumn light show in Forres.

Forres Features Community Interest Company has revealed the name of the sound and light show that will highlight the beauty of Cluny Hill in November with a blaze of colour.

Local businessman and Forres Features chairman Graham Murdoch feels the name is perfect for what the group is trying to achieve.

“The likes of ‘Spectacular’ and ‘Fantasia’ have all been used elsewhere,” he said. “We went through name-after-name but as soon as we heard Colours of Cluny we knew it was right!”

An estimated £100-115,000 is being spent on the show – grants and ticket sales are expected to cover the cost but it is hoped to make it an annual event that will be self-funding by 2018. 

“We can achieve this with the support of the public,” added Mr Murdoch. “In turn, we’ll be putting on an outstanding display for them!

“We have the support of a very experienced team.”

Colours of Cluny is being produced by the team behind Perthshire’s multi-award-winning Enchanted Forest, and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the area.

Enchanted Forest lighting designer and Colours of Cluny creative director Kate Bonney is excited about introducing the vibrant light and sound experience to her home town.

“Plans are now well under way to create what we believe will be a truly spectacular show that will show off the natural beauty of the area,” she said.

“It will be a spectacle that will prove to be a must-see both for the local community and visitors whom we hope will venture to Northern Scotland to see the skies light up around Cluny Hill.

“Many of the talented creative team behind The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry have brought their considerable experience to Colours of Cluny and we look forward to developing a show that will drive visitor numbers to the area and, as a community-based event, one that will engage with the people of Forres.”

Enchanted Forest creative director Derek Allan is in charge of administration for the Forres event.

“Derek is dealing with marketing, health and safety and such,” said Mr Murdoch. “We had a very good meeting with Moray Council where he answered all of their questions.

“Kate and Derek have had great success in Pitlochry – they know exactly what is required here and everything has gone perfectly so far.”

He added: “Cluny Hill is the jewel in Forres’ crown. It’s a beautiful asset and we are grateful to be able to take advantage of that.

“Tickets are just about to go on sale so we’re truly excited about the potential for this event and the region.

“I, for one, can’t wait to see it come to fruition and would urge everyone to book early as we expect demand for tickets to be strong.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10am on Friday, June 24 at www.coloursofcluny.com

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