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Inverness football club Clachnacuddin FC issues artistic flag challenge to local youngsters

By Alasdair Fraser

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Kyle (left) and Craig Lawrie, sons of Clach player Blair Lawrie, with their entries.
Kyle (left) and Craig Lawrie, sons of Clach player Blair Lawrie, with their entries.

Childhood memories of the flutter he felt at seeing the Clachnacuddin FC flag flying high on matchdays inspired a club director’s challenge to young fans.

Lilywhites board member Chris Forbes remembers heading along to games after leaving his father Charlie’s popular chemists in Grant Street, where he helped out in the 1980s.

The sight of the famous club colours flying above the ground before kick-off used to create a tingle for the then-teenager as he trooped towards Grant Street Park to watch his heroes play.

For some time now, though, the club has been without a matchday flag.

Mr Forbes decided early on in the Covid-19 lockdown that a competition encouraging local kids to imaginatively colour in a template design might be an ideal way to fill some of their extra spare time.

So far, there have been 12 entries and the Inverness football club are looking for more to challenge some fine candidates for the winning prize.

The best bit of artistry will be rewarded with pride of place on the ground’s flagpole.

Izzy Macrae (6) with her colourful entry.
Izzy Macrae (6) with her colourful entry.

“We’ve had some great entries so far and we’d love to get some more in,” Mr Forbes said.

“I remember well the excitement I used to feel walking to games down Grant Street and seeing the club flag raised.

“We haven’t had a flag flying for a few years so this is a chance for a creative youngster to win the prize and see their work hoisted above Grant Street when football returns.”

Clachnacuddin FC board member Chris Forbes.
Clachnacuddin FC board member Chris Forbes.

The Highland League club’s Facebook page has a printable template for those wishing to enter. Designs can be photographed and posted there.

The late Charlie Forbes, much-loved and respected in Merkinch, ran the CS Forbes Chemists for more than 40 years and became known as the area’s unofficial doctor.

He was one of a group who stepped in to help rescue Clach from liquidation in 1990 and later served as a board member.

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