THE first opportunity to travel back in Forres time is here.
The Photographic Exhibition of Forres and District, Past and Present is on from Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6 (Theme Day) from 10am-4pm.
For the last seven years, Ray Mills, son of former Gazette photographer Digby Mills, has helped organise the event with friends and Forres Heritage Trust (FHT) members Ross Dalziel and Franny Duncan, who passed away last year.
Ray said: “It was Franny and fellow local historian Ross who started them off in 2011. Their enthusiasm and enterprise has ensured that each display has been a success. Franny’s major input to the running of the events is sorely missed. A display board has been dedicated to Franny at the next one, with photos of his life.”
Every exhibition features new pictures to keep it fresh. The May event will include a selection from Ian Douglas of Little Crook, who submitted three folders of negatives from around 1973 to Forres Heritage Trust last year. They include social events, dances, presentations and much more.
Other pictures have come from various sources including the collections of Rev G Smith of Castlehill Church, Ian Urquhart, D. Forrester, Digby and Sybil Mills, Sandy Brander, Neil Ellison, John McKenzie, John Matheson, Scott Falconer, A. Scrimagour, Ian Douglas, and the Gazette archives.
Local people are encouraged to bring along any old pictures they might have, which could also be of interest.
Each of the exhibitions, of which there have been 18 since 2011, has raised around £700 for Forres Heritage Trust funds, totalling nearly £12,000.
“This does not include some sizeable individual donations which have come in during the displays,” added Ray.
“The funds are used to support the objectives of the Trust, which are aimed towards the survival and development of the town’s heritage. We would encourage people to come along and see not only the new and old photos on display, but to go upstairs to the courtroom area and have a tea or coffee while browsing through the twenty or so folders full of pictures, organised by themes like football, golf, school days, places, shops, youth organisations, gala weeks, sports, parades and more. A stair lift makes the courtroom accessible to any elderly or infirm people who may wish to see the photographs on the first floor. People with any connection to Forres will find the displays really entertaining.”