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Unicorn carving at Grant Park, Forres joins Ben the piper and Smokey the Cluny Hill dragon


By Garry McCartney

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The magnificent Grant Park unicorn was created by Pawel Drozd of Galloway Carving.
The magnificent Grant Park unicorn was created by Pawel Drozd of Galloway Carving.

A NEW wooden carving commissioned to mark the Queen’s Jubilee has been unveiled at Grant Park in Forres.

The seven-foot unicorn commissioned by Forres Events Limited (FEL) was revealed at Picnic in the Park on Sunday.

The artwork created by Pawel Drozd of Galloway Carving joins his wooden dragon behind Nelson’s Tower and Ben the Piper, installed by Benromach as part of their sponsorship contribution to the Piping at Forres which ran from 2013 to 2018.

FEL’s directors chose a unicorn as it represents Scotland on the royal coat of arms and is the official national animal of Scotland.

Joanna Taylor, a director of FEL, said: “We wanted to make sure FEL was involved in the celebrations and as Piping at Forres was also staged at Grant Park, which we organised, it made sense to add an attraction. The dragon has become hugely popular and we hope that this will be the same for the unicorn.”

The concrete plinth the unicorn sits on was donated and installed by AJ Engineering and Construction Services (AJE), who also helped to erect the carving.

Chairman of FEL and managing director of AJE, Alan James, said: “AJ Engineering pride ourselves on supporting local events where we can.

“Over the years, it has been fantastic to see small but meaningful additions made to the park, and we hope that the new unicorn will provide pleasure for locals and visitors alike for many years to come.”

The crowd dispersing after the unicorn unveiling and ceremonial tree planting at the Picnic in the Park on Sunday.
The crowd dispersing after the unicorn unveiling and ceremonial tree planting at the Picnic in the Park on Sunday.


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