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Pictures from the past at Forres Heritage Trust exhibition

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Ray Mills and Ross Dalziel, of Forres Heritage Trust, with the Forres Academy yearbook.
Ray Mills and Ross Dalziel, of Forres Heritage Trust, with the Forres Academy yearbook.

AN anonymous donation in almost picture perfect condition is set to be the highlight of Forres Heritage Trust's (FHT) final exhibition of the year.

Organisers hope a photo album of school children from 1928 will spark interest in the event, taking place at the Tolbooth from September 4-7 from 10am-4pm each day.

FHT's Ross Dalziel explained: "We had an interesting anonymous donation during our last exhibition – a photo album featuring a complete record of every child attending Forres Academy in the year 1928 – the year the school opened."

It was compiled by Dr JB Richie, the rector at that time. Every child in the 20-plus classes is named, from infants to classes V and VI and, in total, around 800 children are pictured.

"It is an expensive type of album," said Ross. "It must have been the property of JB Ritchie at one time because he has signed the first page.

"The remaining 23 pages are class photographs of each through the infants at the old primary to the top classes in the new academy. Unfortunately no teachers were pictured or even mentioned."

Next month's exhibition will also include dozens of new photos from throughout the last century.

Ross added: "There will be a different selection of books of photos upstairs in the courtroom for people to study at their leisure.

"Teas and biscuits will also be available for a small donation and copies of most of the photographs will be offered for a £2 donation to FHT funds."

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