Forres Heritage Trust runs another successful Historic Photo Exhibition at Forres Tolbooth
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HUNDREDS of visitors travelled back in time once more via a popular twice-annual event at the Tolbooth.
Working together, 30 Forres Heritage Trust (FHT) volunteers delivered the Historic Photo Exhibition - spanning a century of themed displays in the rent room and upstairs in the courtroom from Wednesday, August 30 to Saturday, September 2.
FHT chairman George Alexander said: “Visitors expressed their gratitude for all the effort that is made by our volunteers. Many memories were exchanged and acquaintances renewed.”
Attendees enjoyed viewing photographs of familiar people and places over the decades. Collection themes included Forres Gala Queens, Cricket Teams, Lawn and Indoor Bowling, Town’s Women’s Guild, Badminton, Forres Girls’ Brigade, Forres Thistle FC, and Orra Beel.
Tea and biscuits were offered upstairs, along with more archives and DVDs of past Forres events were shown on the big screen.
FHT accepts donations of local photographs and artefacts.
Mr Alexander said: “Following the exhibition, we received a cheque made payable to Mackenzie and Cruickshank for £2 17/- 4d dated November, 1896!
“We have also been contacted by a descendant of Edinkillie who lives in the USA and will be visiting Forres next summer with the hope that we can familiarise her with the history of the area.”
FHT is renovating the ‘Bobbie’s Bow’ - the alley under the Tolbooth from Tolbooth Street to High Street - and has more work planned.
“Work has been done to improve the Bow,” said Mr Alexander. “and the exterior doors are due a coat of paint. Using money from a range of funders, we will soon be shining a light on Nelson’s Tower, the Tolbooth and the Mercat Cross.”
Margot Henderson will deliver her popular ‘Rowan and Red Thread - Tales of Moray Witches’ in the courtroom in October.