Moray RAF homecoming parade
Moray's local parliamentarians have attended the Moray RAF Homecoming parade in Elgin where thousands of people lined the streets to welcome back RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth personnel from operations.
Speaking after the parade the local MP Angus Robertson, who is Westminster SNP Leader and Defence spokesman said:
"This poignant and well attended parade illustrates the close association between the Air Force and wider Moray community. It may be the last time that personnel from RAF Kinloss join their colleagues from RAF Lossiemouth in such a parade as their base is closing later this year.
"The men and women returning from operations include air and ground personnel from across the range of RAF ranks and responsibilities. We are grateful to them all.”
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said:
"Thousands of people lined the streets of Elgin to thank the service personnel. It was a very moving parade and underlines the long association between the Air Force and Moray.
"We all hope that there can be similar events long into the future which is why there is such a strong campaign to retain RAF Lossiemouth as an air force base. My appreciation goes to all those personnel who have returned from operations and their families.
A joint detachment of RAF service personnel from RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth marched through Elgin on Saturday 19th February 2010 at 11am.
It is likely to have been the last time such an event included service personnel from RAF Kinloss before it closes later in 2011, and the large public turnout showed its appreciation to the servicemen and women.
Members of 14 Squadron, 51 Squadron and members of 2622 Squadron were joined in the march by other personnel who have also recently returned from deployment. There was a Tornado flypast, with 4 Tornado GR4s flying in close formation.
The salute was taken by Lord Lieutenant of Moray Grenville Johnston, Moray Council Vice-Convener Allan Wright, RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander Andy Hine and Major General Seymour Monro, Honoroury Air Commodore of 2622 Squadron. The Homecoming Parade was attended by Moray MP Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead.