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Colours of Cluny preparations get underway thanks to local funding

Forres Features, the Community Interest Company behind the staging of the inaugural Colours of Cluny, have announced that, thanks to substantial local funding donations, preparations are well underway for Forres’ first spectacular light and sound show, taking place from 9th-20th November.

Colours of Cluny, to take place in Forres’ Grant Park and Cluny Hill, a popular gathering place for the town, is a self-funded event with any profits arising being reinvested into staging future similar events. The Budge Foundation, set up by Aberdeen-based Bill Budge, who was born in Forres, and his wife Lorraine to support cultural and education-related projects in Scotland and worldwide, has given the project their backing with a generous £25,000 donation.

Other donations have come from The Berry Burn Foundation, who donated £10,000, Highland and Islands Enterprise, who donated £17,500, Forres Events Ltd (the organisers of “Piping in Forres”), Forres Area Local Forum and Forres Common Good Fund. In addition, BAM Nuttall, in conjunction with Network Rail, the company currently developing the new station in Forres, have agreed to meet the cost of the generators which power the event.

Bill Budge commented:
“My wife Lorraine and I are delighted to assist with this fantastic project, which offers so much for all age groups. We never cease to be impressed with what the many volunteers within the Forres area achieve and believe that it will be a great benefit for local businesses and families. Colours of Cluny has the potential to be another fantastic event on the annual calendar to promote the town and deliver a very positive reason to be in Forres.”

The interactive family show has been developed by the same creative team who are behind the multi-award-winning Pitlochry sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest. Set to enhance the natural landscape in a dramatic and mesmerising mixture of sound and light, bringing awe to children and igniting a playful sense in adults, Colours of Cluny follows a route that begins close to the town centre with an illuminated walk through Grant Park, up Cluny Hill, before culminating in a show-stopping finale at the historic Nelson’s Tower.

Graham Murdoch, Chairman of Forres Features Community Interest Company, commented:
“We’re extremely grateful for all donations from charitable trusts such as The Budge Foundation and The Berry Burn Community Fund. Thanks to the generous support from all of our backers, we’re delighted to be moving forward with this exiting project, the first of its kind in Morayshire. The local support shows that Colours of Cluny really is a community effort and we can’t wait to welcome locals and visitors alike to enjoy the fantastic show we have planned.”

The show will run from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 20th November and tickets are available by visiting the website at www.coloursofcluny.com.