In the spotlight this week is David Powney (46), who lives in the town with his
wife Carol and their two children, Mollie (16) and Fred (12). David is a personal trainer, cardiac rehabilitation instructor, biomechanics coach and director of Life&Sole, the new health and fitness centre on the Forres Enterprise Park.
We moved up from just outside Halifax in West Yorkshire 10 years ago. We initially stayed in the area on holiday and liked it so much we decided to live here permanently and subsequently set up our businesses.
What’s the best thing about living in Forres?
There’s many, rather than just one - the friendliness of the residents and sense of community in the area. The low crime rates, lack of pollution, scenic countryside, woodlands and beaches on our doorstep make it an ideal location to live and raise a family.
Canoeing down the River Findhorn with family and friends every summer and out into the bay, finishing up with coffee and cakes from the Captain’s Table.
I would revitalise the High Street by pedestrianisation and landscaping, making it more appealing to both visitors and businesses investors alike, in turn creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
I’d like to see pavement cafe’s and restaurants, regular farmers markets selling local produce, crafts stalls and more independent shops. These would make town more vibrant.
Forres should be promoted as a destination, rather than just another average small town off the A96.
Who is/was your favourite/inspirational local person and why?
Callum Finlayson. After overcoming the odds, recovering from both neuro-sarcodosis and a subsequent stroke, within five years he became Scottish 100 mile cycling time trial champion. I also admire him for setting up his own charity organisation, Pedalstrokes, to help local stroke and head trauma patients.
What are you the most passionate about ..and why?
Health, fitness and performance ... helping to make patients and clients better.
If money was no object, what good deed would you perform in the town?
I would buy Jennifer Aniston the house next door to me, as she seems very nice and I think she would make a good neighbour - by doing so I’d be keeping local estate agent staff in work.
What would you like to see in the Forres Gazette?
Less deaths and more births.
A walk with the family and our dogs on the beach at Culbin, then on to the Bakehouse cafe in Findhorn for lunch.
In the afternoon we’d cycle the local trails, down the Dava Way, up through Altyre and round Loch Romach.
Home to Balnageith for dinner, a home-made chilli on a bed of spinach topped with grated avocado and cheese.
Then a drink with friends at The Mosset to finish off the day.
Gordon McCormick, all round good guy and chef at the Red Beastie.