The final farewell parade from RAF Leuchars took place in St Andrews today. It was a very emotional day to many who attended, guests staying at The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa had the chance to see a historic event, a celebration of 100 years of historic ties to the area of Fife.
With their ‘bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing’, over 250 Royal Air Force personnel marched through cheering crowds as a Typhoon aircraft from Number 6 Squadron delivered a thundering salute from the air.
Air Officer Scotland and Station Commander RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew said:
“It was a tremendous honour to exercise our Freedom of St Andrews for the last time today in front of such a large audience. The support shown to the Station by the people of Fife and Tayside, in recent times and throughout our long history, has been truly humbling. I speak for all Royal Air Force Leuchars personnel, past and present, when I say we are profoundly grateful to the community we have been proud to serve, and proud to call home, for nearly a century.”
Provost of Fife, Councillor Jim Leishman, who gave a poignant address to the personnel on parade, said:
“I speak for all Fifers when I say we have been very proud to support the RAF at Leuchars. Today has been a real celebration of a long history in Fife and I’m extremely honoured to have played a part in the final parade. I’d like to wish all RAF personnel the very best for the future, whether they are remaining in Fife, or moving on to new challenges.”
One period in history ends, a new one begins!