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Few inland places can compare with Forres

From the pages of the Forres, Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Wednesday, August 18, 1915

Few Inland Places Can Compare With Forres

This picture from 1928 is of staff from Wordies. hanry mcARthur 9right) was the manager and at its height the companyemployed 30 people, delivering goods around the area, wiht a horse and cart

Letter to the editor

Sir,- Few inland places can compare with Forres as a summer resort. It has all the attractions of the country and many of the comforts of the town. In the local guide book I read that the Town Council has been wide awake in supplementing the great natural advantages enjoyed, securing the very best of those things that make for the health and comfort of the inhabitants And, above all, in those shady walks and charming retreats provided on the breezy heights of Cluny, visitors see evidence of enlightened local government. Now, Sir, I am a visitor and in my rambles among the Cluny Hills I see evidence of local government neglect and I crave a few lines of your space to point them out, not by way of carping criticism, but with the sole aim of improving the nearest beauty spot of Forres. In the first place, there are too few seats along the shady walks, and those provided are rendered useless by children sitting on the top rail with their feet on the seat. I would suggest that the Town Council should sell the present seats for firewood and provide iron ones, knife proof and fool-proof.

In the second place, after a heavy shower of rain there are a number of pools of water on the Cluny walk. If the Forester and a couple of workmen would inspect the walks after rain, they could cure this defect in an hour or two. Why should pools of water be allowed to gather on the walk round Nelson s monument. That reminds me that I was one of several visitors who were waiting at 11.30 one forenoon for the opening of the Nelson Monument. When it was opened I do not know, as I did not wait any longer. It is advertised to be open from 10 o clock. The lateness of the south train is I know the excuse for many things, but surely it should not be allowed top affect the opening of the Nelson Monument. – I am, Sir, Yours, &etc.,

Visitor. From the pages of the Forres, Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Wednesday, August 18, 1965

Councillors to meet H.R. excursion

To celebrate the centenary of the Highland Railway, an exhibition is to be held in Inverness this month and steam-hauld special excursion trains will run from the Highland capital to Forres, and return the locomotive and two coaches dressed in their finest livery. In connection with this, a suggestion that a civic delegation meet the inaugural excursion train when it arrives in Forres was made in a letter from the manager, Highland Lines, read at a meeting of the Town Council s Finance Committee on Thursday.

Provost A. H. Forbes, who in his early years was employed in clerical work on the Highland Railway, indicated his willingness to attend. It was agreed that a circular be issued to members on which they could indicate their intention to attend or not. The Provost added that the Amenities Association used to pay for refreshments for the band, but as it was the last occasion that a T. A. band would play in the town he suggested that the Council authorise payment. The meeting concurred.

From the pages of the Forres, Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Wednesday, August 15, 1990

Safe homecoming for Kuwait hero

A Forres family were relieved last week when 35-year-old local man Neil McDonald, his wife and his son managed to escape from Kuwait at the height of the crisis which followed Iraq s invasion of the oil state. Mr McDonald, originally from Moray but now resident in Kelso, led a group of British from the invaded country to safety in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to his quick thinking, six other British oilmen made it to safety. Neil, whose uncle lives at Mannachie Terrace, drove his wife Eleanor and two-year-old son Scott to safety by making a dash across the desert with his six oil industry companions. The former Regular Army corporal had been suspicious of the invading army s discipline, and decided not to risk staying in Kuwait. They abandoned their home at Abu Halifa, some 20 miles from Kuwait City, and fled across the desert. They did not stop until they were safely across the Saudi border.

Neil s Army training came to good effect in the dash for freedom, and he was later dubbed: The hero of Kuwait . The family flew into Scotland last Monday pleased to be back and meet worried relatives. But despite the traumatic circumstances of their departure, Neil is keen to return to his oil industry job in Kuwait and hopes that he will be able to return to his place of duty in a matter of weeks.

He told reporters: We have left everything behind. We just collected what we could as quickly as we could and left. All we had really was a change of clothes and Scott s things. From the pages of the Forres, Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Empty house hit by second blaze

An empty house was hit by a blaze this week, for the second time this summer. Pine Cottage, Nairn Road, Forres, was extensively damaged by fire earlier in the summer, but it is understood to have been destroyed inside by the latest blaze, early on Monday.

The occupier of the house was believed to be living elsewhere while the Nairn Road property was refurbished after the previous blaze. The resident of an adjoining granny flat was also believed to have been away. Grampian Fire and Rescue were called to the house, adjacent to the Royal mail Sorting Office at 3am on Monday, but were unable to prevent extensive damage. The first fire had prompted a warning from Grampian Fire and Rescue to ensure electrical appliances were not left on when a property was unoccupied.

Station officer Gordon Fyfe, from Forres, said a passing motorist had spotted Monday s blaze and phoned the emergency services, but by the time firefighters arrived the roof was already well alight.

We were keen to make sure there was no one in the property, Mr Fyfe said. We contained the fire, but the house was extensively damaged. There were no casualties and nobody was in the house. Refusing to speculate on claims the unchecked appliances or faulty wiring were to blame, Mr Fyfe said the cause of the outbreak was still being investigated. Grampian Police also confirmed they had attended the incident. Despite the police and fire brigade being on their doorstep, most residents were unaware of the blaze. Mrs Maureen Woodhead, whose home is just a few hundred yards away on Nairn Road, said she had heard nothing and slept through the whole incident.

Mr Fyfe said residents were not threatened in any way by the blaze and there was no need to have anybody evacuated. The power supply to some nearby houses and to the sorting office was temporarily cut after wiring melted. A lane which runs between Pine Cottage and the sorting office, which is well used by the residents of Tytler Street, will remain closed while enquiries continue. Electricity engineers were called to the house and made the area safe. Royal Mail sorting office manager Lenny Nicol said it was business as usual for posties despite the drama unfolding next door.

We were without light for a short while, he said, but deliveries arrived and left the same as usual and the postal service was not interrupted.

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