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Badenoch Great Place Project reaches fitting finale


By Tom Ramage

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A full day of celebrations on Saturday both indoors and outdoors presented the perfect climax for a three-year project to find the perfect way of promoting Badenoch.

LIVING HISTORY: Ruthven Barracks has served as a vital backdrop during this week's celebrations in Badenoch.
LIVING HISTORY: Ruthven Barracks has served as a vital backdrop during this week's celebrations in Badenoch.

The project was given the idea send off by the Badenoch Heritage team which now takes on the job of letting the world know just how fantastic the place is for locals and visitors alike.

In the morning a wide-ranging webinar "Celebrating Badenoch" was zoomed to all who wanted to join, where the joy was shared by local MSP Kate Forbes and Visit Scotland chief Lord Thurso.

PIONEER: Dr Fiona McLean, still on the Great Place board after the very earliest days of the 'branding' project for Badenoch, joined the webinar celebration on Saturday morning.
PIONEER: Dr Fiona McLean, still on the Great Place board after the very earliest days of the 'branding' project for Badenoch, joined the webinar celebration on Saturday morning.

The exquisite fly-through film was shown and a history of the project given, along with a touching tribute to the late project manager Dr Oliver O'Grady.

A question and answer session followed which addressed all the major issues now facing Badenoch and its fellow communities as they go all out to make the most of the economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

LEGENDS: Charlie McKerron (left) and Hamish Napier warm up at Talla nan Ros in Kingussie for a sell-out gala concert.
LEGENDS: Charlie McKerron (left) and Hamish Napier warm up at Talla nan Ros in Kingussie for a sell-out gala concert.

The afternoon saw a celebration of the brilliant new Badenoch App and its central selling point "Badenoch: The Storylands".

A walk was stage through some of those storylands, from Kingussie to Raitts Township – with celebratory cake in The Iona Gallery.

FABULOUS FILM SHOW: The projections onto Ruthven Barracks have proved one of the most stunning highlights of a remarkably successful promotion.
FABULOUS FILM SHOW: The projections onto Ruthven Barracks have proved one of the most stunning highlights of a remarkably successful promotion.

The day, and the festival, closed with a concert of traditional music performed by some of Badenoch’s finest musicians, featuring the newly-commissioned 'Badenoch Suite' by Badenoch's legendary fiddle maestro Charlie MacKerron.

The evening concert was a sell-out.

See Thursday's Strathy for more on the project.


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