REVIEW - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 2016 
Huge thanks to everybody who turned out to take part in - or watch -the Christmas Lights Torchlight Procession and Ding Dong Merrily Old High.

Big thanks also to the Provost and Santa; everybody at the Old High Church and Crown Primary School; Nicola McAlley and Steve Kelly; Mascot Madness and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band; Fly Agaric and Faceless; Limelight Event Services and the British Red Cross; Police Scotland and Securigroup; and last, but not least, Inverness Military Wives Choir and the Council's Lighting team for doing such a great job of bringing some Christmas magic to the streets of Inverness.

Special thanks to Mike Mcleod and MFR Cash for Kids for looking after the torches and ensuring nobody set themselves alight in order to get warm.


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Review - Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display 
On Saturday 5 November an estimated 20000 gathered on the Riverside and in Bught Park to enjoy the Bonfire and Fireworks Display.

This year’s show started with a findraising Firewalk for the MS Therapy Centre,

entertainment by Mascot Madness, the Fly Agaric Fire Display Team and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band; before Provost Helen Carmichael stepped forward to light the magnificent bonfire.

This was followed by a spectacular 20 minute musical fireworks display staged by the award winning display team from Fireworx Scotland to a musical theme of Disney tunes.


It was a wonderful event from start to finish and once again special thanks must go to everybody who turned out to create such a wonderful atmosphere.

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REVIEW - 2016 HALLOWEEN SHOW "FOREST OF FRIGHTS" 
The “Forest of Frights” Halloween Show at Ness Islands attracted an estimated crowd of 20,000 to Ness Islands on Oct 29th and 30th; and was a huge success both creatively and operationally.

Designed by Eden Court Creative, Arts in Motion and Limelight Event Services; this year's 1300 metre journey around Ness Islands featured an assortment of imaginative and suitably spooky performances and projections which delighted the spectators in attendance; many of who arrived suitably dress to chill.

Behind the scenes the move to a Saturday Sunday show enabled the Events Team to deliver this huge event without causing problems to the operation of Inverness Leisure Centre and Inverness Ice Rink; or disruption for the residents of nearby Ballifeary. With families responding to appeals not to bring their cars to the event; and entering the Islands from both sides of the river; the traffic management plan in operation was able to cope with two visits to the Bught by the Emergency Services during the duration of the show.


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Review: 2016 KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL 

The 2016 Kirking of the Council at the Old High Church featured representatives from a number of local schools and organisations; and we were delighted to welcome visitors from our twin city in Ausburg in Germany.


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New appointment to Events and Festivals Working Group 


We are pleased to announce that Councillor Ian Brown has agreed to serve on the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group

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Funding approved for 2017 programme 
Inverness councillors have given their continued support for a range of popular events and festivals that will take place in the city next year.

Members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee have approved £320,000 Inverness Common Good Funding to enable the staging of the following events that are planned for 2017:
• Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park on 15 July
• Inverness Gala at Northern Meeting Park on 16 July
• Halloween Events at Ness Islands 28 – 29 October
• Fireworks Display and Bonfire at Bught Park on 4 November
• Christmas Lights switch on at the City Centre and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” at Old High Church on 19 November
• Winter Wonderland at Whin Park 15 -17 December
• Red Hot Highland Fling at Northern Meeting Park on 31 December.

Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “The Events and Festivals Programme has helped to expand the tourism market in Inverness, particularly in the winter months particularly with the Red Hot Highland Fling which is a firmly established New Year / Hogmanay event in Scotland.

“I would like to thank the Events and Festivals Working Group and the Events Manager for their year-on-year work in delivering events in Inverness that entertain and delight tens of thousands of visitors annually.”



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