LISTEN: Keith Moncrieff explains how the the Enchanted Forest Community Trust will illuminate Pitlochry’s night sky’s from tonight on wards
Usually this time of year is when friends, from both far and near, family and community get together to marvel in the spectacle that is the enchanted forest.
Unlike any other year in its past, the Enchanted Forest cannot continue because of the coronavirus pandemic, so this year the trust is putting on a laser light show in Pitlochry to mark what would have been this year’s celebration.
Organisers are hoping that the display can be seen from the safety of sitting room windows or back gardens to remind everyone that the dazzling performance hasn’t gone anywhere.
Chair of the Enchanted Forest Trust, Keith Moncrieff said: “Whilst we totally understand the reasons, we are extremely disappointed that The Enchanted Forest is not able to run this year. I know so many people will be feeling the loss of the event, in many ways.
For this reason, we have decided to mark what would have been the start of the event on 2 October with a fantastic laser show, which will run every night over what would have been our opening weekend. “
The illuminating lasers will start at six o’clock and finish around eleven just like they usually would any other year.
Mr Moncrieff says the team ‘wanted to do something spectacular’ after the community spent the lockdown ‘pulling together’ and to remind everyone that they’re still there and ready to go when the restrictions lift again.
The plans even include beaming the Enchanted Forest logo in the heart of Pitlochry on Atholl street.
Mr Moncrieff added: “At the heart of Pitlochry our illuminated logo will take pride of place outside the Visit Scotland Pitlochry iCentre this weekend. Our team are already making plans for the 2021 show and we are determined that for our 20th-anniversary show, the lights will shine.”
The trust are also involved in donating to community causes such as the Tayside Mountain Rescue in return for their assistance in organising the show alongside the other 29 local projects they’ve donated to this year.
Reflecting on this, Mr Moncrieff said: “We are also delighted that, despite these challenging circumstances, we have still been able to support 29 local projects financially, which we hope has been a welcome boost given the unfortunate loss of income that Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire will experience due to the cancellation of the 2020 event.”