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Forres hoteliers add their support to Colours of Cluny with a raft of special offers and competition prizes

Five high-profile Forres hoteliers have added their support to this year’s Colours of Cluny sound and light extravaganza.

Gavin and Penny Ellis (Knockomie House Hotel), Lloyd and Julie Kenny (Cluny Bank Hotel) and Garry Dinnes (Ramnee Hotel) are supporting the popular event with a raft of special offers and competition prizes. These will be announced via the Colours of Cluny Facebook page later this month.

Colours of Cluny was created in 2016 by the Forres Features Community Interest Company as a vehicle to boost the local economy by driving visitors to the attractive Morayshire town. It costs over £140,000 to stage and any profits are reinvested to fund the following year’s event and support local causes.

The show relies on external funding, ticket revenue and a huge number of volunteers and companies/organisations (who provide services at no or minimal cost) to ensure tickets can be offered at a reasonable cost.

Gavin Ellis, from Knockomie House Hotel, said: “Colours of Cluny is a great boost for the local business community, generating revenue and supporting jobs during what is traditionally a quiet time of the year. The Forres Features team should be congratulated on the time and effort they devote to producing this incredible show and for putting Forres firmly on the tourist map.”

Julia Kenny, Cluny Bank Hotel, added: “I am delighted that Colours of Cluny is returning for a second year and firmly believe it has the potential to rival similar events like The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry which regularly attracts upwards of 55,000 visitors from both home and abroad.”

Garry Dinnes, Ramnee Hotel, continued: “It is a testimony to the hard work put in by Forres Features and the community that Colours of Cluny continues to go from strength to strength.”

Colours of Cluny 2017 will retain some of the best liked features of 2016 with exciting developments planned including amazing lighting covering areas not previously illuminated and use of ultra violet lighting. Other exciting ideas are also under consideration.

Last year’s show attracted over 12,000 visitors and ticket are selling well for 2017’s event.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “Demand for tickets grows year-on-year and I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

Colours of Cluny is funded by Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.