The Colours of Cluny sound and light show ended on a high note with delighted organisers reporting a 14% increase in ticket sales.
Around 14,200 visitors (compared to 12,400 in 2016) enjoyed the family-friendly spectacular from November 8-19 which is inspired by the stunning natural setting of Cluny Hill in Forres.
Colours of Cluny is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation where any surpluses are invested locally or in the following year’s event.
A spokesman for Forres Features Community Interest Company, said:
“What makes Colours of Cluny so special is that it is a community, not a commercial, operation. It is very much an event for the people, run by the people, and we are not in it to make a profit. This ethos is reflected in everything we do, from the ticket pricing to the merchandise and even the catering. We wanted to create a family-friendly event that was affordable for everyone.
“Colours of Cluny is a year in the planning and relies entirely on our army of over 80 volunteers who give up their time free of charge to make it a success. In addition, we are very grateful to our external sponsors, local companies, organisations and individuals who either provide services free of charge or at greatly reduced rates allowing us to make tickets prices as affordable as possible.
“Forres Features Community Interest Company would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm which has created this incredible event. We couldn’t have done it without you!
“We’re also absolutely delighted by the support of the public and can’t thank those who visited us enough. With around 14,200 people attending this year’s event, this truly exceeds what we thought we could achieve when the event first started in 2016. Not only was it wonderful to host an event for the north of Scotland and beyond to enjoy, the economic benefit to the local area has been fantastic, with hotels, restaurants and businesses all benefiting.”
Scotland’s most northerly sound and light show attracted footfall both locally and from across the UK with extremely positive feedback on the Colours of Cluny Facebook page:
Alistair Gray: “Once again had a great night. The show was amazing. Thank you to all who made it possible.”
Allana Islei: “Last night was magical! We had a wonderful time.”
Linda Hardie: “Beautiful show of lights and music. Well done to all that help put it together.”
Lisa Davidson: “Well done to everyone involved. It was a magical night tonight.”
Val MacPherson: “We were there last night … amazing what they have done … really enjoyed it!”
Lorraine Strachan: “Took our grandson tonight. We all really enjoyed it. Well done to all who made it happen!”
Colours of Cluny 2017 cost over £200,000 to stage and principal funders are Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.
Head of EventScotland, Stuart Turner, said:
“We are delighted to have supported Colours of Cluny through our National Events Programme. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and this spectacular show has established itself as a standout event for Moray, drawing thousands of visitors from across the region and beyond to experience the beautiful surroundings of Grant Park and Cluny Hill in a new light.”
A spokesperson for the Budge Foundation said:
“The aims of this event very much aligns with the importance the Budge Foundation places on the importance of the family unit. In addition, we are delighted that pricing, in all areas of the event, has been set to maximise the possibility for people to attend as well as stimulating the local economy.”