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Forres Heritage Trust thanks over 70 volunteers for opening Tolbooth and Nelson's Tower to over 3000 visitors from April to September

By Garry McCartney

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Forres Heritage Trust volunteers enjoying their thank you event in the Tolbooth Courtroom.
Forres Heritage Trust volunteers enjoying their thank you event in the Tolbooth Courtroom.

A LOCAL group dedicated to the promotion of local history recently celebrated the efforts of its volunteers.

Around 50 people attended Forres Heritage Trust’s (FHT) ‘thank you’ event at the Tobooth on Friday, October 13 to acknowledge the support of members and especially to thank volunteers for working from April to September as tour guides.

FHT chairman George Alexander is grateful for the ongoing efforts of more than 70 people who volunteered at the Tolbooth and Nelson’s Tower.

He said: “Nelson’s Tower had over 3000 visitors including Nelson Society members from as far south as Exmouth. We also had visitors from European countries and the Americas. The season went well but Forres gets missed by many more tourists so the town needs to up its profile in general!”

Volunteers enjoyed refreshments at the thank you event, including sandwiches and cake provided by Chimes café. Mr Alexander gave a speech detailing the progress made by FHT and thanking all members for their continued support. The Tolbooth Courtroom’s big screen showed footage of past events in Forres such as galas. There was also a film of work done in the Tolbooth and some of the characters involved in it.

“Everyone enjoyed meeting up for a good blether!” added George.

New FHT members and volunteers are always welcome.

“New members who are also able to act as volunteers particularly,” said George, “especially from April to September. Being a volunteer is rewarding as you meet with many local people with similar interests, as well as visitors from far and wide.

“It is also particularly rewarding to feel that you are doing something to promote the town in which we live.”

For more information visit https://forresheritage.co.uk/

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