Life could yet be breathed into former Moray airfield

Milltown - former RAF decoy base to host Outfit Moray AGM
Milltown – former RAF decoy base to host Outfit Moray AGM

A FORMER RAF airfield in is to be the venue for a ‘Friends and Families’ day for one of Moray’s leading outdoor activity groups.

Outfit Moray and their sister organisation Bike Revolution are holding an open day and Annual General Meeting at the Milltown Airfield on Saturday, October 3 from 10am until 4pm.

Follow a short AGM at which the organisations’ annual report and accounts will be presented and a note of the significant successes of the group are discussed, the group will present their five-year strategy plans for a future centre at the WWII air base.

Throughout the day Outfit Moray are to host a variety of outdoor activities including a bike skills course at which people can either bring their own bicycles or borrow from Bike Revolution – there will also be an opportunity to try out Archery.

A spokeswoman said: “There will be a BBQ lunch and drink provided but we are short of outdoor chairs, so if you are able to bring your own that would help.

“Milltown Airfield is on the B9103 between Lossiemouth and Elgin and access to the site is directly opposite Balliesland Farm. We will meet you at the gate and direct you from there.”

Discussions on a new sports facility at Milltown were first put forward by Elgin Cycling Club in 2012, with plans at that time visualising the airfield as the perfect venue for a number of sports including cycling, athletics, inline skating and skiing.

Milltown was used as a ‘decoy’ airfield for RAF Lossiemouth during the World War II and was still used for some flying until it was closed down in 1977, when it was redeveloped as a communications station.

The land is still owned by the Ministry of Defence but much of it is leased for sheep and cattle grazing.