Hopes that whisky will boost efforts to rescue a Sea King for Moray

The group behind efforts to raise sufficient funding to purchase one of the retired Sea King helicopters as a permanent display in Moray is hoping for a boost from the sale of a special whisky bottling.

Just 202 bottles of a 21-year-old Speyside Single Malt has been produced to commemorate the departure of the Search and Rescue helicopters from RAF Lossiemouth.

The 202 Squadron detachment at the Moray base made their last flight a week ago – now Morayvia, the locally based charity that is creating a new Science and Technology Experience centre in Kinloss, is aiming to secure one of the aircraft to go on display alongside their Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft.

Chairman of Morayvia, Mark Mair, said: “We are commemorating the end of 202 Squadron’s fantastic service from Moray with this 21-year-old single malt with proceeds from the sale going towards he funding we expect will be required if we are to be successful in our bid to obtain one of the Sea Kings as a permanent display in Moray.

“There can be few people living in this part of the world who do not have an affection for these aircraft – everyone is well aware of the fantastic service they and their brave crews provided over many years.

“For whisky collectors this special bottling represents an ideal souvenir of the Squadron while at the same time perhaps helping to preserve the heritage of the Sea King and its connection with Moray.”

Information on how to obtain one of the special edition bottles can be found by sending an email to rescue137@msn.com or rpountney@aol.com.

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