Forres switches on to the festive season
HUNDREDS turned out for the Christmas lights switch-on at the Tolbooth.
The organising committee, including Alan Hunter, were really pleased with the turnout.
Alan said: "The event was very successful – the weather helped!"
Many spent Saturday afternoon browsing market stalls in the town hall, while Forres Academy and Applegrove Primary School carol singers and an Elgin City Brass Band provided a seasonal soundtrack.
A fair few also appreciated refreshments in the lesser hall and the chance to put their feet up while their children looked for Santa.
Youngsters in festive costumes congregated on the stage for local business owner Pearl Hamilton to judge who looked most worthy of turning on the town's Christmas lights.
Rudolph, AKA Arrik Macleman, was the winner and led a procession to the Mercat Cross with the other entrants and Santa's elf to the tunes of Forres and District Pipe Band.
After a few more songs and a countdown from the huge crowd, Arrik flicked the switch and the town centre and tree were illuminated for all to see.
Gazette reader Gus Turnbull watched from his place to the right of the tree.
He said: "It was a beautiful night for the Christmas lights switch-on!"
Aileen Munro agreed. She said: "There was a great turn-out for a lovely evening."
Margaret Duncan added: "It was the biggest crowd I've ever seen at the switch-on. Well done to all the Christmas lights committee and volunteers."
* See this week's Forres Gazette for more pictures.