Forres bonfire and fireworks display will go virtual after difficult decision to cancel

The Rotary Club of Forres has taken the difficult decision to cancel the bonfire and fireworks display this year due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and subsequent health and safety issues.

President Tanya McLaren said: “We are really disappointed because we really wanted to hold the event for everyone in Forres to enjoy after a tough few months, but ongoing restrictions and concerns due to the Pandemic, mean that it just isn’t possible and we have therefore cancelled this year’s event, which is as disappointing for us as it is to everyone else.”

However, Forres Rotarians are already planning for the 2021 event and want to reassure the good folk of Forres that the event will be back lighting up the skies at Grant Park in grand style next year.

Virtual event

But rather than just let 5 November pass without anything, the club’s winter activities committee convener Carlo Miele said it is their intention to mark bonfire night this year in some way.

He explained: “Volunteers are planning a meeting to put the wheels in motion for a slightly different virtual event to celebrate 5 November this year, which people will be able to watch and hopefully contribute towards to help us raise money for charity.

The restrictions have also put paid to the club’s annual Children in Need quiz which takes place in November every year at the Mosset, but fundraising collections will go ahead in the town with social-distancing measures in place with half the money going to local charities.

For more information keep an eye on Forres Local and the Rotary Forres Facebook page.

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