FORRES is getting ready for a jam-packed programme of events as Scottish Week gets underway on Saturday, with lots of fun happening between now and next Sunday (June 24), when the event will close with a beating of the Retreat from RAF Kinloss and local pipe bands.
Meanwhile, hang on to your hats, as events starts on Saturday morning with a range of stalls and activities being set out in Grant Park from 10am. After a busy morning, all eyes will turn to Grant Park where the official opening ceremony and crowning of this year's Gala Queen takes place on Saturday evening.
This happens after the flagship parade which is being organised by Forres Communities Activities Association starting at 6pm up Forres High Street starting at Moravia Court and winding its way to the park.
The themes will be Olympics, Pipe Bands, and Jubilee, with children and members of local organisations expected to bring all the fun and colour, with various costumes and entertainment provided.
After the parade ends in the park, there will be a special 'Forres Week Rocks' concert with local bands providing the entertainment, expected to start around 7pm.
Literary fans can also go along to the British Legion at 8pm where Forres' own writing group forWORDS will be holding an evening of poetry and prose, with music and sketches.
This will be followed by a right good knees up and dance afterwards.
Sunday sees a Treasure Trail around Grant Park, starting at 1pm with a specila Cowboys and Cowgirls show at Brodie Castle from 1.30pm.
Monday evening, the High Street will be the venue for the mile-long street races, being organised by Forres Harriers, with registration starting at 6pm in Forres Town Hall.
For a full programme of events, see this week's Gazette.