Over Fri.1st – Sat. 2nd Nov. – 94 fine Troops and their ladies happily made their way in some rather dreich weather conditions to Newtonmore’s ‘The Highlander Hotel’ in the Cairngorms for the annual Scottish RAF Mountain Rescue Teams Reunion. They came from all over the UK and overseas (from the USA and two from OZ – Neil McNeil from Perth and the all round ‘Action Man’ Terry Lewis (and his good lady Regie) from Bundaberg, Queensland – and both guys very proud in Highland Dress Too!).
Terry Lewis, Pete McGowan, and Neil McNeil
John Calnan and Terry Lewis
This year’s reunion was organised for the first time by the dynamic duo’ of Brent Craig & Allen (Gus) Tait (famous for proudly flying a large Royal Banner of Scotland the ‘Red Lion Rampant’ on Ben Lomond & the Crainlarich Hills, during a ramble for the ‘Wee Stroll’ in 2000! – Gus’s banner was also seen flying on Ben Nevis, Skye & Cape Wrath) and what an ‘Action Packed’ event it was too.
After dinner on Friday evening, we had a presentation from Duncan Tripp, SAR Winch Paramedic with Bristow Helicopters at Inverness Airport (ex RAF MR at Kinloss & RAF SAR Helicopters at Lossiemouth) on the subject of “SAR Helicopters – Transition to Civilian Operations” – operating with the Sikorsky S92 and AW 189 aircraft.
Duncan Tripp, SAR Winch Paramedic with Bristow Helicopters at Inverness Airport.
On Saturday the dreich conditions continued – but it didn’t stop the en masses from turning up at Five pm for a wee presentation of “The Aonach Eagach Solo at 75!” in Glen Coe by the energetic Manty Rowe.
This was followed by a presentation to Ray Sefton of a figurine for his past tenure in organising the reunions.
The reunion after dinner presentations were made by Brent Craig and Jim Morrison: followed by the raffle organised by Bob Knapper and his pal Andrew Birkby.
The tall good looking Mark Freestone, the RAF Lossiemouth MR Team Leader, highlighted the ‘Teams News and Updates” for the past year, then Mark and 10 members of his current team mingled with the Troops and took the opportunity to share some nostalgia stories (there is never a shortage of these wee epics tales these days!), partake in the revelry and joined in with all the singing.
Mark Freestone, the RAF Lossiemouth MR Team Leader
And yes, – ALL had a grand evening. Our thanks to Cynthia Robertson and all her staff for our very warm welcome and for creating such a relaxing atmosphere around the place.
Until the next time good folks – (God Willing & if we are spared?) – Good Health and Happiness to all our Great Troops.
Some Weel Kent Faces at the Do
Thanks to Stan Sheehan and Pete McGowan for allowing me to use their photographs