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RAF colours come down at Kinloss airfield

RAF Kinloss
Image caption The RAF has had a presence at the base for more than 70 years

The RAF colours have come down for the last time at Kinloss, as the Moray airfield was handed over to the army.

The 39 Engineer Regiment has taken over the base, ending its 73-year association with the air force.

A small private ceremony was organised to mark the transition to Kinloss Barracks.

The engineer regiment has been based at Waterbeach near Cambridge. By October, 716 personnel will have moved to Kinloss.

The army unit's move to Moray has been welcomed in the area.

It faced serious economic losses because of the reduction in the RAF's presence.

When the decision was announced Jim Royan, chairman of the Moray Economic Partnership, said: "The RAF has been at the heart of our Kinloss community for 70 years and we wish those who are leaving the very best.

"But we are delighted to welcome the men and women of 39 Engineers who are coming to Moray and they will find a warm welcome at their new home."

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