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Top Moray kids are Top Guns


By Alistair Whitfield

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Six youngsters were given an extra-special VIP tour of RAF Lossiemouth this week after winning a Moray-wide competition.

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The six, who all go to different schools, each flew in a Typhoon jet simulator just like the RAF's front-line pilots.

And they got to soar over their home towns – with some even managing to spot their own homes.

In addition, they also met Marley, a golden labrador who works as police sniffer dog.

It was their reward for beating 500 other primary pupils in a contest designed to encourage and inspire the next generation of engineers, mathematicians, and scientists.

Sarah Riley-Evans, the base's community and development officer, said: "We were overwhelmed with the number of responses to our STEM in the Workplace competition, but were limited to picking only six winners.

"It was such a privilege and an honour to show these bright young people the variety of different roles at RAF Lossiemouth.

"A huge thank you to the team from BAE Systems for enabling this.

"This year is exceptionally busy for the station.

"We have just received our first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and our airfield is undergoing an extensive resurfacing programme.

"But despite all this activity, we understand the importance of inspiring the next generation. We will be looking to run

our next STEM at the Workplace event later in the year."

Lucy Main, who goes to Botriphnie Primary, won her place at the base by writing a short booklet about RAF Lossiemouth and the airforce.

Full of stories, it also contained a picture of a camouflaged plane she had drawn.

The 10-year-old said: "It was a really nice day. I don't know if I want to be a pilot or a dog handler when I grow up.

"I think I'd like to do both."

Ruth Turnbull from Burghead Primary School.
Ruth Turnbull from Burghead Primary School.
Holly Gray from Anderson’s Primary School.
Holly Gray from Anderson’s Primary School.
Isla Fraser from St Sylvester’s RC Primary School
Isla Fraser from St Sylvester’s RC Primary School
Felix Tweedie-McFarlane from Dyke Primary
Felix Tweedie-McFarlane from Dyke Primary
Rebecca Morrice from Craigellachie Primary School
Rebecca Morrice from Craigellachie Primary School
Lucy Main from Botriphnie Primary
Lucy Main from Botriphnie Primary
The six winners with their parents and guardians.
The six winners with their parents and guardians.

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