Review - 2014 Halloween Show TAKE 2 (28-29 November) 



“Better late than weather…”

Following the Halloween Weekend postponement due to flooding; any concerns about staging the show weeks later quickly vanished as hundreds of spectators arrived long before the gates opened for this year's show.

The show has a distinctly Scottish Theme; with a number of famous Ghosts returning to Inverness for their very own Homecoming Unhappy Hour at Burke and Hare’s Tavern. Amongst the Ghosts who delighted the estimated crowd of 10,000 were Robert the Bruce and his Spider; Mary Queen of Scots, Bonny Prince Charlie, Tam O’ Shanter, Rabbie Burns and Alexander "Sawney" Bean who was still clearly upset as a result of being executed due to a misunderstanding involving the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people.

Bringing all the Ghosts to life were over 100 performers from the Eden Court CREATIVE programme and the creative talents of Arts in Motion, Limelights and the Highland Council’s Lighting Department.

The Chair of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group Councillor Glynis Sinclair said “ After months of rehearsals we were really excited about finally being able to stage this show and we are delighted that so many folk turned up".

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Review 2014 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON (23 Nov) 

Our 2014 Christmas Lights Show was hosted by STV's Nicola McAlley who was joined on stage by Star Wars characters, Minions, Minnie Mouse, a Ninja Turtle, and some wonderful young members of TFX Performing Arts Academy, Stagecoach Theatre Arts and Performers UK who sang their hearts out to the delight of the crowd. After climbing down the front of the Town House with a little help from Arts in Motion; Santa emerged to rousing cheers to help Provost Alex Graham lead the countdown before 7 year old Owen Strachan of Hilton pressed the button to bring the dazzling display of Christmas Lights in Inverness to life.

Following the switch on Santa will then made his way to the Old High Church with the Provost for the traditional Christmas Carol Service Ding Dong Merrily Old High which featured a show by Out of the Box Puppets. The Countdown to Christmas 2014 could not have gotten off to a finer start.


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Review 2014 CIVIC BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY (5 Nov) 

Many thanks to everybody who attended November 5th's amazing celebrations which attracted an estimated 12,000 spectators to Bught Park.


The feedback that we have received has been amazing and special mention must go to all the drivers who helped us by parking well away from the site and walking to the event.


COMPETITION RESULTS

We are pleased to announce details of the winners of the two competitions which were organised in partnership with event sponsors Fergusson Coal.
The magnificent Guy made by pupils Aiden, Sarah, Leanne, Korrin, Cerys and Liam of Balloch Primary School was selected by Provost Alex Graham as the winner of the 2014 Inverness Primary School Guy Making Competition; and thanks to their efforts their school will receive a donation of £200 towards school funds and be given the honour of creating the giant Guy which will sit on top of the bonfire at the Council’s 2015 show.

Also guaranteed to be warm in the months ahead will be Winnie Maclellan of Ballifeary Road in Inverness who won the competition to win one tonne of coal by correctly providing Guy’s surname of Fawkes.



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Review Inverness BID Street Theatre Festival (16-18 Oct) 

The wonderful Inverness Street Theatre Festival organised by our friends at Inverness BID and the Eastgate Shopping Centre took place during the final weekend of the Royal National MOD (16th to 18th October) and was absolutely amazing. Inverness Shoppers were crying with laughter - well done to everyone behind the scenes!

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Review Royal National MOD (10-18 Oct) 



The record-breaking 2014 Royal National Mod – which was held in the Highland capital for the first time in 17 years – has been hailed as the best ever and we are delighted to report that the organisers have promised to bring the celebration of all things Gaelic back to Inverness sooner rather than later.

It is estimated that the festival has brought up to £3million into the local economy, with more than 3,100 competitors descending on the Highland capital.

The Inverness Festivals team was responsible for the organisation of the two parades that started and finished the MOD and both the Torchlight Parade of the Gaels and the Parade of the Choirs were enjoyed by all.

Hundreds gathered to watch the massed choir perform around the statue of Flora Macdonald and Allan Campbell, convener of the Inverness Mod committee, said: “It was a special way to finish the Mod, which has been a success from start to finish.It’s been a real team effort and I would like to take the chance to thank Highland Council in particular for their help."


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Review MWC2014 


Inverness played host to the Masters World Championships over the weekend of 12-14 September 2014 and a world record number of competitors - a staggering 165 - took part in the 3 day event. The weekend featured the establishment of 3 world records in the ladies hammer events and the unforgettable sight of a successful attempt at the Guinness World Record for simultaneous caber tossing. 106 cabers were tossed and 66 were turned correctly.

During their stay the competitors took part in the inaugural Parade of the Highland Clans - a spectacular Torchlight Procession through the streets of Inverness which was enjoyed by all; visited Shinty's Camanachd Cup Final and participated in the Kirking of the Council

Following the MWC2014 Weekend - the action continues with the Highland Traditional Strength Festival and the Loch Ness Marathon; the Homecoming Highland Festival will climax with the eagerly anticipated Royal National Mod arrives to which will be feature performances around Inverness City Centre and showcase all the aspects of Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels.

The final sporting event of the Highland Homecoming Festival will be the annual Shinty Hurling International between Scotland and Ireland at Bught Park on Inverness Street Theatre Festival weekend.

And then ... just when you had thought you had seen everything ...all eyes will turn to Ness Islands for a Halloween Show unlike any other.. all the ghosts we have had in the past five years are returning to see if they can finally scare away the children of Inverness.

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