DAVID URQUHART MEMORIAL PATH
A bequest from a well known local businessman David Urquhart provided the impetus for a project to upgrade and extend the coastal path along the village side of Findhorn Bay from the Kimberley Inn to the Boatyard. David was a director of Gordon and MacPhail and Benromach distillery and was the driving force behind securing the European Piping Championships for Forres. Sadly David passed away in 2015. He stated that the £50,000 bequest was to be used to upgrade the path and provide accessibility for all including people in wheelchairs and others with a range of disabilities. He asked the Findhorn Village Conservation Company to manage and implement his wish.
Chairman Frank Allan said ‘David, a member of the yacht club, loved this beauty spot with views across to the Culbin Forest and the Moray Firth. Latterly he expressed concern and was disappointed when he couldn’t get along the bay front. The existing path has an uneven, unbound surface with many loose stones and fairly steep gradients at some slipways, making it difficult for many people to access. The group has been working to implement his wish’.
Planning for the path was granted by Moray Council in November 2017. Applications have been submitted to various organisations in the hope of receiving grants towards the project.
A grand raffle has been organised, with the draw taking place at an event between 6.00 and 8.00pm on 18thAugust 2018, at the Armstrong garages Findhorn. Prizes have been donated by many businesses. Prizes include bottles of malt whisky from distilleries (David had the honour of being bestowed with the Master of the Quaich), accommodation in holiday homes in Findhorn and Glenferness, North 58 Sea adventure from Findhorn and many more.
Raffle tickets are on sale in shops, cafes, pubs in Findhorn and from directors of the Findhorn Village Conservation Company.
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Donations to this project can be made through – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dufootpathfindhorn
On-line auction for two bottles of special whisky. Bids can be made through the following link -
Mr. Allan added ‘At some point along the path route there will be a plaque to commemorate David’.
We look forward to your support and hope that the path can be constructed giving accessibility to all and provide a lasting memorial to David.
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