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Gaelic centre plan has backing of Inverness public

By Jamie Hall

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A SURVEY has shown that thereis significant public supportfor a new Gaelic cultural centre in Inverness.

The research, which was carried out by the Alba Heritage Trust with theaim of establishing the level of interest in a project celebrating Gaelic heritage, was met with “overwhelming” backing from members of the public.

Alba Heritage Trust director Alastair Forbes says the reaction has frombusinesses and individuals across the board has been significant.

“We are delighted to have had so many responses to the survey,”he said.

“The reaction from the public and private sectors and from members of the community for theestablishment of a Gaelic cultural centre has beenextremely positive which has given us great confidence in moving forwardwith the project.”

Dr Black’s Memorial Hall in the city centre has already been earmarked as a potential venue for the initiative –backed by an architectural survey.

Plans for potential facilities in the centre include a Gaelic café, aretail space selling Gaelic-themedproducts, and language classes as well as a cultural exhibition.

It would also host ceilidhs, shows and performances, as well as talksand lectures on the subject of Gaelic culture.

Alba Heritage Trust director Emily Macdonald said: “A cultural centre of this type would be of great benefit to the city of Inverness and thewider Highland area.

“It would provide a focal point for anyone with an interest in Gaelic language and culture.

“The potential impacts include promoting Gaelic language and culture, increasing Gaelic usage, encouraging community interaction, attracting further culturalevents to the city, creating jobs and enhancing Inverness’s offering asa centre for tourism.”

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