Royal visitor to Air Station Spitfire

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Amid celebrations of the centenary of Montrose Air Station, on Friday, July 26, HRH The Earl of Wessex will unveil a Commemorative Stone.

It is adjacent to the replica Spitfire to be sited at the entrance to the UK’s oldest military air station.

“The unveiling by The Earl of Wessex will certainly highlight the significance of the base and the part Montrose Air Station played in the history of Montrose,” said Alan Doe, chairman of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

“Spitfires were a common sight and sound at Montrose in the war years, when they provided fighter protection from enemy bombing raids. The Spitfire and the Commemorative Stone have been purchased thanks to an invaluable grant from Angus Council, with help from our Spitfire fund-raising campaign, which was taken to heart by the local community, local businesses and supporters of the Centre.”

Members of the public can welcome The Earl of Wessex and watch the unveiling ceremony from the perimeter of the Heritage Centre.

In addition, and weather permitting, a flying display will be held by aircraft from the early days of aviation.

“Guests at the unveiling ceremony will enjoy the première of a play specially written for the occasion and an on-ground demonstration by RAF Leuchars,” said Alan, adding that the markings on the replica Spitfire will match those of the Red Lichtie, the aircraft which was purchased by the people of Arbroath during The Second World War.

“We are hopeful II (AC) Squadron will make another fleeting visit – this time by air.”

On Friday, July 26, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre will be closed to the public. However, entry to the Heritage Centre on the Saturday and Sunday will be free of charge.

For more information about Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and the centenary celebrations, visit www.rafmontrose.org.uk