YOUR IDEAS

Last year, in preparation for the Invergordon Evolution project we asked you to give us your ideas on postcards. Here they all are. Bear in mind some of them have been tackled already.

Thank you for some really inspiring thoughts

CIVIC - GROUPS & ACTIVITIES

A New year street party or carnival

A christmas festival every year

Northern lights

Bring youth and community together, draw attraction to local interest - oil rigs etc

Coloured boards for Park School (like South Lodge)

Boards for after school club - make it more attractive

Decent play group for toddlers

A child's youth club

Youth club for primary school children - everything aimed at High School

Café for young people in evenings and weekends, and OAPS during the day

More to keep young kids off the street

Activities for teenagers - parties, discos, bowling, swimming, wildlife park, night clubs

A two way youth club where parents can leave young kids through the day and for teenagers at night

Night club with under age nights

Night club for all ages

Alcohol free pub and night club

Bingo hall

Pensioners club - meals out, company

Joss Street Hall should open like it used to with the whole summer dedicated to different activities

Joss street hall needs a face lift and needs more utilisation - can art regenerate hall?Joss Street Hall

Open Joss Street Hall as youth centre with classes - joinery, plumbin, nature, crafts

Art and Crafts centre - businesses give demos and workshops

More art and craft things that public can join in

Art and music classes

More art and craft things that public & schools can join in

Would be lovely to have some craft classes during the day

A converted bus to be used an as arts space and travelling advert for IOTW and their work

Make Invergordon games better

Leisure centre facilities

We would love a climbing wall

Invergordon leisure centre needs a climbing wall

Martial Arts centre for children

All weather tennis courts with racquets for hire

Tennis court

Yacht club - yachts with spinnacers up - lovely sight

Astro turf football court

Astro turf to play football and hockey in the winter weather

All weather pitch outdoors or similar facility like Ross County's indoor pitch

Bike trail with sculptures around it

Ice rink

Ice Rink

Use the water tanks - fill with water and use for scuba diving.

Outdoor swimming pool

A snooker and pool hall. Open to adults and 14+

Motor bike track

Arty mini golf with light display

Crazy Art - Crazy Golf

Skipping

Outdoor draught board cum chess board and/or other board games

Paintball mania place

Fairy tale adventure trail

A-Z Treasure Hunt round town - good for parents, kids, visitors - keep fit

Strip club

A proper skate park

A new proper skate park - the one just now is bad

Proper skatepark

Good quality concrete or wooden skatepark

Need proper skatepark

Better skate park

tidy up skate board park and everything else that's already here

shooting stars and fireworks

Art theme park - oil rig climbing frames, flower beds in shape of town crescent, graffiti wall for teenagers

Theme park

Theme park (based on oil rigs)

Zoo or wildlife park

Zoo

Wild life park

An acquarium

Dolphin centre

Get close to sea life

An animal shelter

An animal sanctuary

CIVIC - HERITAGE

More celtic, pictish heritage to attract tourists

Pamphlet of local history for sale in shops

Book: Invergordon Then and Now - for locals and visitors covering past and present trail, and including the following:

* Plaques on houses/buildings giving historic past

* Photographs then and now of High St and the ships in the firth

* Control tower (w2) on the Dalmore distillery buildings

* Railway - Jellicoe express

* Troops of many nations commonwealth - Russian, American

Celebrate the scenery and beautiful surroundings

Community trail with historical and topical features, stage area for plays, music, school shows

Welcome Garden - history, pre-history, wind turbines, fountains, oil rig model

Historical tours of Invergordon and surrounding areas for tourists

Make the town more like it was before - it used to be much better for people

Put High Street back the way it was

Story of fateful visit by Duke of Kent

Garden showing history of Invergordon

Walking tour/sightseeing tour of Invergordon (in different languages)

A model of historic Invergordon to show what life was like in the old days

Models of Invergordon like it was 100 years ago

CIVIC ( Toilets )

Make use of existing toilet façade

Well-sited public toilets - look good, kept clean

Public toilets that look like phone boxes (red ones) and many different other nice attractive toilets

Public toilets!!!

Attendant in carpark toilet. Make toilets look good

Need toilets - essential - High Street by the bus stop

Public toilets that work and baby changing facilities

Public toilets - there are none in the town - disgrace when the liners come in - decorate with a mural

Public toilets with disabled facilities

Public convenience very necessary for town - decorate with mural

Artistic public convenience - meets needs of visitors, locals and artists

Town Square and toilets - bought land at ATS, Inverbreakie land, Linear Park

Public toilet with attendant next to Megs Bargains behind bus stop

Public toilet on Frews garage site with attendant

Better shopping facilities

More shops in Invergordon like Inverness

More kids shops

Toyshop

Sweet store full of sweets that turn your tongue blue

Own town shopping - local people, local shopping

Bring back a proper Farmers market, beside the old ATS building

Farmers market 1 Saturday a month

Visitor Centre/art gallery/crafts/workshops/artist accommodation/shop/café

Local centre with exhibition on murals, crafts, locally made goods with coffee shop

Community shop where locals can sell their goods

Community café in Invergordon run by community

Community shop where local people can sell their own arts and crafts

For visitors - stalls, costumed people, food stalls, café seats outside, live music, welcome leaflet

Entertain more people from the cruise liners - stalls and stuff

All the shops should accept Euros and dollars.

Somewhere for people to drink coffee and sit outside in comfort

Maybe some or at least one street café

More Cafes

Outdoor seating/cafes

Wooden tables and chairs

Artsy café things

Arts café for locals and visitors - sculptures/art

Double decker bus converted into Internet café to travel round rural areas

Internet café plus game console room

A wifi internet café

Game station building

Civic Amenities for children

A good public park for children and adults (like at the Averon centre), with safe crossing

Swings and play equipment for children

Play parks for younger children and stuff for teenagers

More entertainment for kids e.g. parks, amusing things to look at

More play parks for children

A large play park, designed by and for kids of all ages, picnic area, grass areas

A decent area where parents can bring their kids

Have better parks to play in

A big colourful park that will attract people and their children - where do you take your kids at the moment?

A decent children's play park would be ace for Invergordon

Something that the kids could play on and would involve older kids in making it

Swing park

Children's play park

Playpark with climbing frame and slide

A park for kids with swings

A decent play park for children

Park for 5-12 year old as there is very little to do except organised groups which cost money

A decent play park

Kids fun play area with giant games and lots of colours and shapes

Playpark with monkey bars, swings, slides and things to sit on

Children's play area somewhere central

Children's play park on the garden centre site

Play park opposite gates of harbour and adjacent to small road leading to High Street

Children's rope slide over crocodiles and sharks with a climbing wall to get to the slide

GENERAL

Trees, fountain, murals, visitor centre

Landscape the area opposite the pier - including bandstand and relocated fountain

Colourful parks

Celebrate the scenery and beautiful surroundings

Parks and recreation, flowers etc

Welcome Garden - history, pre-history, wind turbines, fountains, oil rig model

Welcome Park with symbolic structure of oil rig in stone or metal, or water feature with illuminated fountain

Park and fountain in Port Authority area

Welcome Garden

Park ilke Natal Gardens

Natal Gardens have been neglected - need more colour and attention

Wooden carvings of animals in the natal garden - deer and squirrels

Garden showing history of Invergordon

Maze

Outdoor draught board cum chess board and/or other board games

Sculpture park

Mirror and perspex maze with changing exhibitions

Maze at Linear Park for all ages

A park

A park

FLOWERS

More plant watering

Pot plants on the pavements

More flowers, especially in the docking area

More flowers

Put more funky planters

Flower garden with park, maze and strawberry picking

CIVIC - PIER & HARBOUR, LINERS

Ferries to Orkney and Black Isle

Landscape the area opposite the pier - including bandstand and relocated fountain

Restore the old Harbour to its former glory

Create more visual impact - displays, models, murals - where the liners are docked

For visitors - stalls, costumed people, food stalls, café seats outside, live music, welcome leaflet

Music when the boats come in, more signs

More flowers, especially in the docking area

Disguise the derelict house opposite the pier with a billboard/mural of a typical Scottish house

Tidy up the docks and other High Street eyesores

Smarten up the dock area - build visitor centre

Local map - sculptural, touchable, ideas for local short trips

Visitor Centre

Park and fountain in Port Authority area

Entertain more people from the cruise liners - stalls and stuff

Port and Dock

Nicer Harbour

Yacht club - yachts with spinnacers up - lovely sight

Sand

A lighthouse

Long boat, used as a pub with lots of colour around.

An old sailing ship like the Discovery in Dundee

Dolphin enclosure and outdoor swimming pool

Buy a community yacht and let people of invergordon have an annual sail around

References to places of interest (historical, geographical etc) at the port for visitors

Periscope on the shore for tourists to view the area

A viewing point on the shore that could be used by the disabled to view the countryside

Sink a boat, put in some fish (like in Essen in Germany)

Dolphin enclosure

Remove Portakabin on ground near 'Harbour View'. Looks like an eyesore

Play park opposite gates of harbour and adjacent to small road leading to High Street

Council should maintain street cleaning at gates of harbour area where cruise ships doc, particularly bus stop

CIVIC - ROADS, TRANSPORT & SERVICES GENERAL

Resurface roads

More police cameras

Old fashioned street lights

Clean up weeds at road sides, and in Gordon Terrace

Put High Street back the way it was

Dropped kerbs and paths need repair

Shelters heated from ground source/solar panels/wind power - nice seating

More phone boxes (not everyone has mobile or landline)

Decent parking

Parking

More fire engine men

Council should maintain street cleaning at gates of harbour area where cruise ships doc, particularly bus stop

Signage

Speed signs

Better signs to Invergordon and High Street from the bypass

Would like to see Welcoming signage on entrering Invergordon

Better signs indicating the road to Invergordon starting a few miles away

road signs at Castle Road

Develop an agreed logo and strapline for Invergordon, introduce to all local signage from A9 to port. Use on all local marketing fliers, stationery. Brand the town.

Welcome to Invergordon sign with a sun and Rainbow on it

Public Transport

small buses / local tours

Extra buses

Better buses

Bus trips

Ferries to Orkney and Black Isle

Spend the money on a railway bridge for the station. Put a mural on it.

Steam train for liner passengers to Inverness to free up local bus services for local people

Double decker bus converted into Internet café to travel round rural areas

Traffic Lights

Traffic lights and Castle Road and High Street

Traffic lights on the streets

Traffic lights on the street

Pedestrian Crossings / Paths

Pedestrian crossing

Pedestrian crossing with lollypops

Pedestrian crossings and lights at Castle Street Junction

Pedestrianise the High Street and make a big centre piece with benches, fountain, and Scottish statue

Designated crossing in shopping area

Pedestrian walk along Shore Road to Alness - add bike track, pergola, BBQ place, outdoor events etc

A good public park for children and adults (like at the Averon centre), with safe crossing

PUBLIC ART - WATER & LIGHTING

Projections onto water sprays and coloured lights e.g. Futurescope, France

Fountain/water feature/ornate lampost - relocation of fountain??

Laser show onto the rigs

A ship with lights that play on the water and sky, like the Aurora Borealis

Water feature I.e. fountain

Neptune rising from the sea - Neptune was Invergordon old town crest - still above Arts Centre

Light installations of the Nato fleet in the firth. At night it was spectacular to see all the ships. Info on the fleet

Giant water or whisky fountain with swimming pool and bar

Speaking holograms of notable Scots - some singing

Arty mini golf with light display

Welcome Park with symbolic structure of oil rig in stone or metal, or water feature with illuminated fountain

Illuminate tanks at night

Turn tanks into water feature - cascading waterfalls illuminated at night

PUBLIC ART - NAVAL HISTORY

Memorial to WW2 RAF Coastal Command, Sunderland flying boats

Celebrate Naval History

Celebrate the port/dock area and history of the fleet, fishing and shipping

Plaque or statue to commemorate Army, Airforce and Navy - canon, anchor, propellor entwined

A mural showing the home fleet at anchor in the firth - a sight to behold

Something to celebrate the naval history

Commemorate the only place a British Navy muntiny took place in 1933

Artist portrayal of Navy boats, history from 19th century, marine craft unit incl catalinas

Commemorate HMS Hood and the Royal Oak who both left Invergordon

Clock with sailors to commemorate the naval influence that was part of our history

A ship with lights that play on the water and sky, like the Aurora Borealis

Commemorate RAF Invergordon/Alness - seaplane and marine craft - Nissan Hut?

Something to represent the importance of the Navy to Invergordon

Commemorate the navy - particularly flying boats - trail linking a few sculptures

Neptune rising from the sea - Neptune was Invergordon old town crest - still above Arts Centre

Light installations of the Nato fleet in the firth. At night it was spectacular to see all the ships Info on the fleet

public art Murals

Murals

Big picture made out of little squares

A 'Waste to Energy' plant, with murals decorating exterior

Murals of the Liners or fish jumping

A mural showing the home fleet at anchor in the firth - a sight to behold

Artist portrayal of Navy boats, history from 19th century, marine craft unit incl catalinas

A moveable mural which can be used in shop windows when vacant

Pictures on the shop shutters - children's art work - fleet or trompe l'oeil

Small trompe l'oeil trail

Mozaic on plinth with potted history created by local people with skilled person

Disguise the derelict house opposite the pier with a billboard/mural of a typical Scottish house

Wilfred has an art collection which he would like displayed

Finish museum mural - prepped wall at the museum so that the mural could go round the corner unfortunately that raised an expectation that the whole wall was going to be painted

A mirror mural - reflect and change according to daylight, season and conditions etc

Murals of Invergordon on walls which are unused at present and need replastering

Characterised seals personified into Scottish characters which are a little bit humorous e.g. seal smoking a pipe, wearing a tartan hat

Large mural of Neptune rising, perhaps with other gods and goddesses

Mural trail round the tanks

Two seagulls fighting over a bottle of Whyte and MacKay whisky. Medium painting? Mural

PERFORMANCE

A 'Ro Goodwin' presents weekly show - film, art, debate, comedy

What we need are more people like Eric L. Very civilty is very cheap

Drama groups, resources?

More kids shows

People posing at statues and giving people a fright

Pipeband in the summer

Music when the boats come in, more signs

Hypnotic drummers

Drumming park

Interactive sound installation

OUTDOOR STAGE

Permanent outdoor covered stage

Community trail with historical and topical features, stage area for plays, music, school shows

Landscape the area opposite the pier - including bandstand and relocated fountain

ARTS CENTRE/CINEMA

Make more of the Arts Centre - art classes

A cinema - or use the Arts centre more

Use Arts Centre as a music venue - needs a good co-ordinator

A cinema

Turn the town hall back into a cinema

Bring back the Picture House

Bring back the Picture House

Bring back the Picture House

PUBLIC ART - SCULPTURES GENERAL

Sculpture trail

Sculptures e.g. Desperate Dan, Dundee

Sculpture - new wave, different

Sculpture park

Sculpture park, west entrace to the town

Bike trail with sculptures around it

Statue/s

Preferably sexy men, but if not, fibreglass ones will do!

Original Art

Sound sculptures in garden area

A walk from Invergordon to Saltburn with an arts monument at the end

Pattern making of metal for small sculptures

Wood or metal sculptures, not where kids congregate, input from kids to decrease vandalism. Navy heritage or woodland walk

Sandstone pillars with all the 'pillars' of the town engraved/etched or carved on

Make your own design out of wood

Community totem pole - part of Scottish Totem Pole network

Footprints leading to places of interest on a map or sign post (e.g. in hospitals)

Map that you can walk round (like a sculpture), showing what's in and around Invergordon

Viewing tower or structure - dedicated to someone or something

Moving clock - with local features, lit at night, rising up and down - really tall

Mirror and perspex maze with changing exhibitions

Neptune rising from the sea - Neptune was Invergordon old town crest - still above Arts Centre

Commemorate the navy - particularly flying boats - trail linking a few sculptures

Bum shaped indents in walls to act as sculptural benches

Sculptures where the raft race is

Standing stones, 1 mile from town

Lines of pennies stuck on pavement

A trail of different coins from all the different people who come from all over the world

Scarecrow trail - every year make them and place them outside houses or buildings

Maze

Interactive sound installation

Bench with a statue of a famous person at either end, e.g. Billy Connelly, Sean Connery or David Tenant

Metal statues, bronze lifesize or bigger, waving one hand, the other outstretched to shake hands. At the back, kilt blowing up for humour

Large metal sculpture incorporating key events in Invergordon history - The Tides of Time

Replica bust of Sir John Gordon in bronze somewhere in the town as the founder of the town

OILRIGS

Representation of an oil rig

Sculpture of an oil rig

Sculpture of an oil rig

Working models of oil rigs - life on it - what happens - interactive

Theme park (based on oil rigs)

Welcome Park with symbolic structure of oil rig in stone or metal, or water feature with illuminated fountain

Seagulls - bronze - distress call - chips - seats

Sea birds of the area, full size in metal and enamel painted, posed on posts etc

Seals or dolphins made from shells, pebbles or recycled waste

Bronze eagles on lamposts and buildings - attractive and will scare off seagulls

Sculptures of animals from 'Our Legacy' mural

Sculpture trails of animals of scottish themes

Wooden carvings of animals in the natal garden - deer and squirrels

EXISTING ARCHITECTURE

Paint the Oil Drums, introduce more colour

Paint Oil tanks

Branches covering tanks

Use the water tanks - fill with water and use for scuba diving.

Fuel thanks should be open to show people what they where and what they did

Mural trail round the tanks

Paint tanks different colours

Illuminate tanks at night

Turn tanks into water feature - cascading waterfalls illuminated at night

Buy an oilrig and do it up - cafes etc - guided tours

Al Fayed's oil rig hotel should happen. If not, oil rig visitor centre

Tour of the oil rigs

Oil rig museum out on the water to visit - geological exhibition, how oil originates

Disguise the derelict house opposite the pier with a billboard/mural of a typical Scottish house

Remove Portakabin on ground near 'Harbour View'. Looks like an eyesore

Pump House is a hazard - convert for public use, or knock down for car park

Clear the garden centre and create something there, even if temporary

Joss street hall needs a face lift and needs more utilisation - can art regenerate hall?Joss Street Hall

Pillars and glass roof down High Street for housing moveable exhibitions in slots - local artists, woodturning, crafts, food and produce

Freestanding covered walkway, with coloured glass roof - creating pavement 'art', and for viewing murals

A 'Waste to Energy' plant, with murals decorating exterior

An Observatory

Invergordon 'Eye'

A place to make your own ice cream

A rocket base

Cheese factory

A Camera Obscura

I would like a town clock

Paint the proposed Incinerator chimney so you can see it from the A9

HIGH STREET SHOP FRONTS

Tidy up Highland News shop at end of High Street - put artwork in windows

Pictures on the shop shutters - children's art work - fleet or trompe loiel

Wrought iron decoration - this would tidy up all the shop fronts

A moveable mural which can be used in shop windows when vacant

Fix up the stonework, paintwork and roofs of High Street buildings

Upgrade the High Street with nice lighting, more seating and plants, improve neglected buildings

Colour up all of the shop fronts.

Spend the money on something practical and useful instead of a privately owned buildings on which a coat of whitewash would suffice

Renovate the shop fronts

Tidy up the docks and other High Street eyesores

INSTITUTIONS

Farm musem for old implements

New frontage for Museum - something attractive

UHI School of traditional Highland arts using empty high street premises as workshops

Welding school to pass on local skills. School of specialist art creating pieces to place all over town - birds on the bollards. Artist to work with former welders, who then pass on skills to younger folk.

Pet Cemetery

An animal shelter

An animal sanctuary

Bingo hall

FOUNTAIN

Fountain/water feature/ornate lampost - relocation of fountain??

Water feature I.e. fountain

Move the fountain to the centre of town

Relocate the water fountain to it's original place - loads of history attached to it

Relocate the water fountain to it's original place

Relocate the fountain to King St - either Royal Court or toilet area

PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL

Bigger flumes

A coloured fun house

Robot dinosaur, big enough to climb on and slide down

water fountain

Adventure play park like Landmark

A flower garden

A flower garden

Water park play area

A park with flowers and seats

A fun house

Bigger flumes at the swimming pool

Loads of rivers and ducks

a statue of a mermaid

a fun house like the one in Aviemore with soft play

water fountain

another bigger flume at the pool

toys for the swimming pool

a nice walk

water fountain

flowers

picture of a boat on a wall

maze

a statue of a princess

a mass of flowers

a stage for shows

a flower garden so people can walk through and see all the lovely flowers and seagulls

Boats, walks, water fountain, bigger flumjes, statues, flower park and play park with water rides

a maze, more people, more shops,more ponds, more trees, more houses, more walls, cut the grass

a monster like the one in Loch Ness

a place to walk my dog

a garden with a maze

This is a picture of a unicorn in mountains

a meadow with flowers and a girl skipping in a meadow with trees and a swing

a new park to brighten Invergordon. A wooden camper van for childrfen of all ages to visit with a wooden couch to sit on. With a climbing frame

a painting of mountains with birds and clouds

swing, seesaw, slide, climbing frame

a picture of mountain and waterfall

print the ATS doors with sports cars so it looks like sports cars are in the garage

an outdoor pool for the summer with a slide and plastic dolphins shooting water out their mouths

instead of the mustery walls on the vets wall we can have a cat or a dog to show that it’s a vets

you could have a bunny painted because Scotland is about nature and the bunny with trees and grass would be good for tourists to see that Scotland is full of nature

street art - its like drawing on the ground but its 3D so it looks like its right in front of you but when you go to the over side its completely flat

a pond/waterfall in natal gardens

a mural of an old church on an empty building

when people come in from the boat they can see a fountain in the shape of a boat or ship

don’t drop the litter on the beach because you can kill animals and smashed glass could cut dogs or peoples hands or paws

to make the natal gardens nicer because the branches are all broken and its pretty boring there. I think you should put some swings on the grass and make them them shape of boats

a model helicopter for children to play in

there will be a giant blackboard on a wall for children to draw on instead of murals

boats that you sit on and it takes you on a tour of invergordon and its cheap

a cinema so that people don’t have to travel into Inverness to see a movie

NEWMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Metal animals in the woods near Saltburn or in the woods at the memorial. It would be really nice in any of the woods

to make a tennis court next to the skatepark. I think it will be more helpful for tennis players in Invergordon. It will also make the area look nicer

to put more bright flowers on the street and get better shops like Argos, Primark, Toys-r-Us, Asda and build-a-bear workshop. Most importantly a public toilet and a better park. A town square would be great as well with a little souvenir shop. With all this we can attract more poeple

a club where you can bring your dogs while you're at work or on holiday. There can also be a shop where you can put your dog if you don’t want it and someone else can buy it.

Mimers, a garden on the pier, a model oil rig for children to play on.

they could have a water park with flumes like Landmark but better. Also some statues along the streets would be nice

a big tube/water flume that goes through or on top some of the buildings and around Invergordon

put a statue in th park so people can look at it and admire it

Pottery! Pottery in a small house.

to make a round about which is just grass with a little pond in the middle with rubber ducks and there will be a button you press and make the ducks quack

More shops and a skate park

a fun park with a kart track, enormous slide, bouncy castle, bunjees, climbing wall and a giant toilet pool

a better swimming pool

a better skatepark

a better skatepark and brighten it up a bit

it is a fun house, it is really fun, it has everything

a football pitch for people to play in and learn more football skills

to make a water garden and a sand pit beside the flower garden

to make a merry go round with planes

a fun park, kids cargo ship that they can go in and a wooden plane so kids go can on, and a sign that says welcome to invergordon

a fun park, its got a race track, a bridge and under the bridge a swing, climbing wall, giant slide, bungy jump and 2 benches and a welcome sign and a little oil rig

to build a big climbing wall in the car park next to the balcas chimney and the water tank

SOUTH LODGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

a fairy castle in a new playground

a boat

a crocodile in the sea

a rainbow with a dolphin coming out of the water

a sculpture of a boat on the water

a boat with a fishing net

a rainbow sculpture coming from the water with fish underneath

the sea with fish in a new playground

an oil rig climbing frame

a rainbow slide in a playground

a mountain

a statue/yacht on the water

a rocket in a new playground for children to play in

a ship in a new playground

a rainbow

a big lightbulb

a sculpture of a rainbow coming from the sky to the park

an oil rig in the playpark

an oil rig climbing frame

a pirate in a pirate ship in a park for children to play in

to put some flags saying welcome home for when some people come off the boat or something

clowns in different clothes, red hair, and green streaks. A football with a hoola hoop and the stage with some people on it

the church painting with a banner saying Invergordon going across and flowers on the windows and flower pots with flowers inside outside of the church with a sun

to get a bigger skate park

a big play area called 'Funder Zone' with a soft bit and its in a shelter and a bit that has balls. And it has a net and a big water slide. And its very very big

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