Chelsea Pensioners take a very special tour in Moray

Mr Nicoll and Mr Bullick and members of the Dufftown Legion

Two of the most famous group of former servicemen in the UK spent a week visiting Moray recently – and dropped in on the oldest operational RAF squadron.

Chelsea Pensioners Bill Bullick and John Nicoll took time out from the visit to the region by calling in on 1(Fighter) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.

Their visit to Moray was organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland. Mr Bullick served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, while Mr Nicoll saw almost 23 years service with the Black Watch.

The pair were invited to see the advanced technology of the Typhoons used to provide Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North from RAF Lossiemouth.

Mr Bullick and Mr Nicoll were guests of the Dufftown branch of Legion Scotland and attended the Remembrance Day service in the town. Morag Ross of the Dufftown branch of Legion Scotland co-ordinated the visit by the Army veterans to RAF Lossiemouth.

Squadron Leader Jon Greenhowe hosted the veterans from the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Dufftown Legion Scotland for their visit to 1(F) Squadron. All of the visitors were keen to see the cockpit of the Typhoon and were amazed at the amount of electronics in a modern fast jet.

Squadron Leader Greenhowe said: “Mr Bullick and Mr Nicoll were delighted to be able to see the 1(F) Sqn’s history and the Typhoon jets we have here at RAF Lossiemouth.

“Mr Bullick had been an aircraft technician during his service in the REME so he was amazed at how the equipment had changed and how much of it now relied on electronics and computers.

“Both gentlemen had some really interesting stories about their lives in the Army. It was a pleasure to meet and host Mr Nicoll and Mr Bullick and members of the Dufftown Legion Scotland, particularly close to this special time of Remembrance.”

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