Published: 09/03/2014 09:00 - Updated: 07/03/2014 14:22

Forres preparing for Armed Forces Day

A search is underway following reports of two RAF tornados crashing in the Moray Firth.MORAY’S Armed Forces Day is being held in Forres this year, with plans already underway to make it the biggest yet.

Hosted by Moray Council, the event is the community’s opportunity to appreciate members of the armed forces from the past, present and future.

As has been the case in previous years, the event is being held a week before the national day.

According to a Moray Council spokesman, many Moray-based personnel will be called upon to take part in other celebrations elsewhere in the country on the formal Armed Forces Day on June 28.

By hosting a Moray event the week before on June 21, he said, more local personnel are able to take part.

Personnel from RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks will be on parade, as well as veterans from previous generations and cadets representing the future of our armed forces.

Convener of Moray Council, Councillor Stewart Cree, said it was important to celebrate Moray’s armed forces.

"We have been strongly connected to the armed forces going back many generations, and our communities continue to be enriched by them," he said.

"I am delighted to be hosting this event on behalf of all of Moray, and warmly invite everyone to come for the day and share in our appreciation of our military."

The day will comprise a parade and pipe band through Forres town centre with a salute and flypast by the Sunken Garden near Grant Park.

Once the crowds have been addressed by the Lord Lieutenant for Moray, Lt Col Grenville Johnston, and military awards presented, the parade will disperse into Grant Park where a wide variety of stalls and military displays will be on show.

Subject to operational requirements these should include vehicles, weaponry, have-a-go displays of army equipment such as diggers, metal detectors and craft tents.

During the afternoon a Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth will land in the park and people will be shown around the aircraft. This is in addition to dozens of other military stalls, including a licensed marquee and food outlets on the day.

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