FAMILIES who will be making the move to RAF Lossiemouth from Fife when the Typhoon force touches down at the Moray base have visited the area to view schools and other local facilities.
Four wives and their children from RAF Leuchars enjoyed a whistlestop tour of primary schools and Lossiemouth High School.
The first Typhoon squadron from the Fife base will relocate to RAF Lossiemouth in June, with a second squadron following in September as they replace the Tornado force.
The final number of families who will be heading to Moray as a result of the defence restructuring is not yet clear, but some of those who already know they are coming to Moray arrived in the area on a fact-finding mission.
Close links have already been forged between Moray Council’s education department and their counterparts in Fife, which have seen reciprocal visits by senior officials and head teachers, but this was the first trip by parents and children. The group visited Hythehill and St Gerardine Primary Schools, and Lossiemouth High, on Monday, and Bishopmill, Seafield and St Sylvester’s Primary Schools in Elgin on Tuesday.
Anneline Wilson and daughter Erin, Helen Martin and daughters Hannah and Eilidh, Louise Duncan with son Jack and daughter Ellie and Susan Keenan and daughter Emily were accompanied by Pauline Moir, deputy head at Leuchars Primary School and Fife Council’s transitions officer for North-east Fife.
Mrs Moir, who is originally from Elgin, said: "We are just trying to aid the transition so that they have an idea of what they are coming to and what Moray has to offer, and can go back and tell others."
For more on this story, the thoughts of one Leuchars mum and more pictures from the visit see ‘The Scot’ print version.