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Alva illuminations lights up the community!

Submitted by Nathan on Tue, 02/10/2012 - 11:58
An image of the illuminated waterfall at alva glen

Saturday the 29th saw the biggest turn-out at the famous Alva Glen Illuminations yet! 

Nathan Critchlow-Watton, chair of Alva Glen Heritage Trust (AGHT), reported that the Illuminations had been a great success, “the acrobats and fire-juggler were superb, and the magical "underwater grotto" theme inspired some fantastic pictures.  Most importantly of all, we couldn't have staged the illuminations without the support of our volunteers and donations from the public and businesses of Alva.”

© Patrick MacRitchie 2012.

Approximately 4,500 people attended, with the event raising £2,800 towards improving the glen.  The event was organised and run entirely by volunteers, with months of work going into planning and over 200 volunteer hours needed just to set up the lights and keep things running on the day.Bill Crawford, AGHT’s webmaster, encourages everyone to visit our Facebook site, “some fantastic photos were taken on the night, which you can see in our album on Facebook.  There is also a short survey you can complete, to help us make the next Illuminations just as stunning”.

As well as the spectacular lighting effects on the waterfalls, burn and trees, there were performances from the “All or Nothing” aerial dance company, traditional musicians, fire juggler and a giant fairy! 

Sandra Cashmore (AGHT’s secretary) told us, “several people said they thought the Illuminations were even better than the “Enchanted Forest”!  We hope to run the illuminations next year, but we can only do that if we receive the support of volunteers to organise and run the evening.  Please use the volunteering form if you’re able to help”.

Claire Templeton, Alva Glen’s Vice-Chair, said, “we'd like to thank Marshalls construction, the Community Chest, Clackmannanshire Community grant and Clacks Art forum for their generous donations, whilst the traditional musicians kept everyone's toes tapping!“

An image of the fire juggler at Alva Illuminations
© Stevie Hodge Photography 2012.