Published: 29/01/2014 10:09 - Updated: 29/01/2014 10:21

Nimrod plea to Defence Minister

THE Ministry of Defence has been urged to support a project to create an interactive aerospace visitor centre in Moray.

Stan Barber with the Duke of Edinburgh before it was removed from the hangar.
Stan Barber with the Duke of Edinburgh before it was removed from the hangar.

MP for Moray Angus Robertson has reported a positive meeting with Defence Minister Andrew Murrison at Whitehall about the Morayvia project.

The charity bought the last surviving Nimrod at RAF Kinloss from the MoD in February 2012 and it has been stored at Kinloss Barracks since then.

Morayvia had to move the Nimrod outside of the hangar earlier this month but hope to utilise the hangar space at the base while it develops plans to create a permanent visitor facility.

Nimrod XV244 was recently named ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ at an official ceremony at the base to mark His Royal Highness’ interest in the project and former role as Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Kinloss.

Mr Robertson met Mr Murrison on Tuesday to discuss the advantages of supporting the project which marks the role of the air force, its aircraft and service personnel.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Robertson said: "I am grateful for the sympathetic hearing by Defence Minister Andrew Murrison to the Morayvia Nimrod project.

"We talked about the enduring link between the north of Scotland and the air force, and the importance of celebrating the role played by the maritime patrol fleet.

"I am confident that the Minister will look closely at the unique plans to preserve Moray’s rich aerospace heritage and to provide a high value facility for people wanting to better understand the role and capabilities of the air force.

Stan Barber, the unpaid Chief Executive Officer of Morayvia said: "We are very grateful for Angus’ intervention and we hope for a positive outcome. We appreciate that if there is a tenant for the hangar we have no right to it but if it is empty it would be making best use of the facility."

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