Published: 22/09/2017 08:55 - Updated: 18/09/2017 16:35

Call for return of the float parades

Forres floatsDO you remember the floats on Forres High Street during Scottish Week?

The spectacle has been part of the summertime celebrations that have been running for more than 50 years, featuring local groups in costumes and sets towed through the town.

Having falling out of favour in recent years, Forres Communities Activities Association organising committee chairman, George Alexander, wants to know if they should be brought back.

He said: “The organising committee feels that there is a considerable nostalgia for the great float parades of the past. We want to gauge opinion to find out if there are enough organisations or groups who would be willing to get involved in a float parade on Saturday, June 2 next year.”

Prospective participants need to identify suitable transport on which to exhibit their display.

The parade would start at the west end of the town and travel the length of the high Street to Grant Park

where judging would take place and prizes awarded.

Scottish Week events including the Street Mile, music in the park, the Burgess ceremony, historic walks, the Riding of the Marches and the Toon Mercat will take place from Saturday June 2 to Sunday, June 10.

“Although we are only in September 2017, arrangements for the 2018 Forres Scottish Week are well in hand,” said Mr Alexander. “The big question is: will there be a float parade?”

Clubs, groups or organisations willing to get involved should drop their contact details in an envelope and addressed to the Forres Community Activities Association and drop it in to the letter box on the Tolbooth door. Alternatively, write to FCAA at Forres Tolbooth, High Street, Forres IV36 1NX.

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