In the spotlight this week is Lindsay Black (36), who lives here with partner
Martin and children Jake (7) and Beth (2). Lindsay works in a Lossiemouth care home for a charitable organisation supporting adults with learning disabilities, and at Solo Hair Design in Forres.
How long have you lived in Forres?
31 years. I moved to Martin’s home town of Newmill, Keith in 2006, then back to Forres when Jake was nearly three.
What’s the best thing about living in Forres?
There are so many things to mention! It was best for us to move back as all my family live here which helps with childcare.
I’ve enjoyed being back - I’m closer to my family and friends while making new friends through the children and work.
I better appreciate the beautiful surroundings and I love showing the kids the many places I enjoyed visiting as a child including Nelson’s Tower, Grant Park, Sanquhar pond and Findhorn beach.
When I was in Newmill I missed not knowing so many people - now I go into most shops here and folk know me!
Describe a favourite moment or memory from your life here.
So many happy childhood memories from playing in, and exploring, Thornhill. In the ‘80s and 90’s there were so many playparks and fields to play with all the other kids.
I have fond memories of starting majorettes after watching them perform at a Pilmuir fete. I continued with them until I was 16. I hope to do a majorettes teaching course with my old friends Emily and Elaine.
Grant Park during that time was the best! All ages enjoyed the helter-skelter, the roundabout, the metal climbing frame and the wooden fort.
I spent a lot of time at Bailies Road where my nana and granda lived. I once painted a brick driveway there white with the owner’s daughter - we got into a lot of trouble for that!
I loved going to Hi Jinx summer clubs at the community centre. I can still remember the smell of the older punk’s leather jackets and the roller boot discos. I intend to organise some myself.
I enjoyed playing at the Mart and my grandparent’s shop ‘Calder’s of Forres’ (now the Highland Hospice shop) then going to the Royal Hotel for lunch.
If you could make one change in the town, what would it be?
The town has lovely shops but needs a decent clothes/shoe shop. This would help the local economy as everyone goes online or to Elgin or Inverness to get them now. DE’s is missed!
It’s a shame the swimming pool isn’t open for long at the weekends - that’s when family’s want to take their kids.
Who is/was your favourite/inspirational local person and why?
One is the late Rev. Bill Reid who I remember from my early Sunday school years. I actually asked him once if he was God!
Campbell Ross also put in a lot of hard work and dedication to the ‘Good News Club’. We once went to Abernethy for a fun weekend and he had to jump into a lake to rescue me and Elaine when our canoe capsized. Then we realised the water was only waste-deep and his watch got ruined!
Jean Bridgeford is another. I remember my days at the town hall playschool and even now she still recognises everyone!
What are you the most passionate about ..and why?
As an enthusiastic and imaginative person, I’m passionate about pretty much everything I do!
I love doing bridal/occasional hair put-ups. I spend a lot of time trying out unique creations, push to learn more and share what I’ve learned. I often ask mums of girls in for a trim if I can try out something new on them - the girls are thrilled when their mum’s say yes!
If money was no object, what good deed would you perform in the town?
I often dream about winning the lottery and what I would spend it on - it would be spent in a few months!
I love to share so firstly it would be spent on new homes for my family and money for my colleagues - but not too much or they wouldn’t stay at work!
I would pay for a skatepark and make Grant Park like Landmark. Our park should have better play items like they do in Nairn and Elgin. More fun and adventurous play equipment would encourage more tourism here.
Forres in Bloom would get money too although it wouldn’t buy volunteers. I hate gardening but I love seeing the pretty floral displays around Forres.
We need more nurseries and playparks so I would pay for them.
Finally, I would invest in the community centre so that it can provide even more activities.
What would you like to see in the Forres Gazette?
A ‘Kiddies’ Corner’ with Q&A for children to see what’s important to them. It could be quite funny!
How would you spend a good day out in and around Forres?
Swimming with the kids then to the Sunday carvery at the Mosset Tavern for our favourite, roast beef.
Then on to Grant Park or the beach to play ball games or, in snowy weather, go sledging. I can’t wait to take them out on their sledges as it’s been years!
Who would you like to nominate to do this feature?
Solo Hair Design owner Lisa Lawrence.
In the spotlight this week is Lindsay Black (36), who lives here with partner Martin and children Jake (7) and Beth (2). Lindsay works in a Lossiemouth care home for a charitable organisation supporting adults with learning disabilities, and at Solo Hair Design in Forres.