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Forres Christmas Lights Committee appeal to fund future displays


By Garry McCartney

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A resplendent High Street. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
A resplendent High Street. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

THE TOWN centre illuminations are resplendent despite being ravaged by recent storms.

Forres Christmas Lights Committee (FCLC) chairman, Alan Hunter, confirmed the team have been making repairs to the display that they invested more than £3000 in this year, including mending the top of the tree outside the Tolbooth.

The town tree before the top was fixed!
The town tree before the top was fixed!

He said: “Our lights took a bit of a battering in the recent storms so we’ve had to do more repairs than usual!

“Two of our larger lights remain in place but are not working. We’ve used up all our spare lights to replace ones that failed and are now trying hard to repair them in case they are needed to replace damaged ones.

“The tree was so damaged that on the Sunday after the switch-on we had to cut four feet off the top, remove and then replace all the lights and decorations.”

Cross-street displays heading east. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Cross-street displays heading east. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Volunteers put the lights up on Sunday, October 31, including two new cross-street lights and three new displays. The big switch on was on Saturday, November 27 following Storm Arwen.

“The new cross-street lights are the really bright ones with Santa on them,” said Alan. “The new displays donated to us are Christmas tree, snowman and lantern designs.”

High Street looking west from the Tolbooth clocktower walkway. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
High Street looking west from the Tolbooth clocktower walkway. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

FCLC raise the funds for the town’s display themselves, usually via bucket collections.

This year they have stuck up QR code posters for donations at the Christmas tree, the Tolbooth, the town hall, Forres House Community Centre, TD Logie, The Bike Bothy, The Co-op, Northern Fish Restaurant and The Washington.

Payments can also be made to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alan-hunter

Tolbooth Street looks spectacular every year thanks to the volunteers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Tolbooth Street looks spectacular every year thanks to the volunteers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Alan finished: “We hope the community appreciates our efforts to brighten up the town during these dark days.

“To enable us to keep the display going and improve it every year, we need your donations!”

Atmospheric lighting above Museum Square. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Atmospheric lighting above Museum Square. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Forres Christmas Lights 2021...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Forres Christmas Lights 2021...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Forres Christmas Lights 2021...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Forres Christmas Lights 2021...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..


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