Free concert and treasure hunt kick of Heritage Trail events

Christie Row - will appear at Elgin this weekend
Christie Row – will appear at Elgin this weekend

A HERITAGE TRAIL is to be celebrated on the Plainstones in Elgin this weekend with local bands taking part in a free concert.

Music charity Lantern of the North is behind what they are describing as a “day of music and adventure” taking place from 11am until 3pm.

Local landmarks can be explored through a treasure hunt while six musical acts will provide the entertainment including ceilidh band ‘Footerin’ Aboot’, rock group ‘Edgar Road’ and the ever-popular local band ‘Christie Row’.

Lantern of the North chairman Mark Conti is encouraging local people to take part saying: “This is a great opportunity for local bands to promote their original music.

“Our main purpose is regenerating music in Moray – but we also want to provide a variety of entertainment for the people here. We will be set up opposite St Giles Church and are hoping to get some good sound from the bounce-back off the building.”

The treasure hunt will challenge young people to follow a series of clues between the gardens at Ladyhill and St Giles Cathedral, seeking out hidden treasure – with correct answer sheets submitted at the end of the event being entered into a prize draw.

It is the first in what is expected to be a series of events celebrating the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere tourism trail, with group chairman Jim Royan saying: “I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to join in on the day.

“The castle treasure hunt aims to be fun and is suitable for all the family – it marks the start of a range of events and activities tied in with the scheme.”

Several years in the planning work finally began on the new heritage trail last week with a pathway being built at Ladyhill.