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Moray Blue Light Festival at UHI Moray

By Chris Saunderson

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EMERGENCY heroes will be honoured at the second Moray Blue Light Festival.

A large crowd attended the festival in 2019.
A large crowd attended the festival in 2019.

The valuable role played by the police, fire, RNLI, RAF, coastguard services and many more will be highlighted during the festival from 12pm – 3pm at UHI Moray in Elgin on Saturday, August 13.

The event was initially held in 2019 and organised by students on UHI Moray’s events management course. A second event was planned for March 2020 but, like so many other events that year, it was cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers believe the timing is right to host the event and celebrate the amazing work the emergency services do on a day-to-day basis.

Ruby Williamson gets kitted out by RAF Police Cpl Ollie Jewers at the festival in 2019.
Ruby Williamson gets kitted out by RAF Police Cpl Ollie Jewers at the festival in 2019.

This time the event is being run by UHI Moray itself, however the two events management students who had organised the previous event and have now passed their degrees and left the University, are still involved.

A spokesperson for the festival, said: "'Celebrating the services, educating the public’ is the theme of the afternoon. This is a chance to meet your real-life heroes and see what they do on a daily basis.

"We are hoping to raise awareness of the services and also bring the local community together to celebrate them.”

In attendance will be Fire Scotland, HM Coastguard, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Moray Inshore Rescue, Police Safety Camera Scotland, North East Rider Volunteers, Scottish Charity Air Ambulance and 2622 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth.

The Morayvia aeronautical heritage centre team will also be there, along with a range of food vendors and children’s rides.

Buckie Coastguard Matthew Dutay explaing life saving procedures.
Buckie Coastguard Matthew Dutay explaing life saving procedures.

The event was successful in 2019 with around 1000 people attending.

“Sirens were ringing around the car park as youngsters were allowed experience inside of the emergency vehicles – including being locked in the back of a police van.”

North East Rider volunteer, Patrick Costello, said: “The event was amazing. I don’t think we expected this amount of interest.”

The event will also host CPR demonstrations, storytelling time and other similar mini-events and food and drink vendors will be on hand.

A range of businesses will also be there to promote their products and there is a chance to have your face-painted and have a go on mini rides.

UHI Moray and their former students decided to run the Moray Blue Light Festival again, making it bigger and better in 2022. This would not be possible without the support of local businesses who have agreed to sponsor the second festival.

“We would like to thank our sponsors Springfield Properties, Johnston’s of Elgin, and Lifestyle Magazine, for helping to make this event happen,” added the spokesperson

For more information and updates, search for Moray Blue Light Festival on Facebook or email moraybluelight@gmail.com.

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