Pipes call out for volunteers

The pipes are calling for volunteers to get involved in Piping At Forres.

Volunteers are key to the success of the event which will be held on June 24 2017 in Grant Park, and registration is now open for those who want to lend a hand.

Lesley Dyson who volunteered for the first time last year said: “I absolutely loved it, it was a fantastic experience, I would not have missed it for the world. I really loved being involved in such a big event in my community.”

Jobs for all

There are jobs that suit all abilities, before, during and after the event.

During Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships which is supported by title sponsor Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, volunteers are asked to work in teams interacting with the visitors, selling
programmes and helping keep Grant Park looking its best.

Help in setting up and taking down the event, for example welcoming the 100+ stallholders, moving lightweight crowd barriers and banners on the Friday and Sunday morning is also requested.

Enjoy a great day out

Sandra MacIver who coordinates the volunteers said: “The feedback we get from our volunteers is that whilst they are there to help out they thoroughly enjoy the day and all that the event has to offer. There are jobs to suit everyone and we particularly encourage help from young people who may be able to use the support they provide towards awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme or on their CVs.”

She added: “People who want to get involved need to register so we can make a volunteer plan. All volunteers will be given a full briefing on Thursday 15 June 2017 at 7.30pm at the Town Hall.”

Register to be a volunteer

Now in its fifth year, Piping At Forres not only includes world class piping and drumming, Highland dancing and the World Tattie Scone Championships but also includes a food and drink village, a craft and retail village, bars and family attractions such as funfairs.

Visitors can even try their hand at the pipes and drums themselves. New attractions at this year’s event will include an interactive science tent and reenactors to tell visitors more about the history and heritage of Forres and the surrounding area.