Morayvia cut a deal to re-enact 202 Squadron’s Festive Treat

Santa is caught sneaking aboard Morayvia's Sea King ahead of today's Grotto opening
Santa is caught sneaking aboard Morayvia’s Sea King ahead of today’s Grotto opening

THE TEAM BEHIND Moray’s ‘capture’ of an iconic Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter to remain on permanent display in the region are recreating a Christmas tradition.

Sea King crews who were based at RAF Lossiemouth until the spring of this year from the RAF’s 202 Squadron would each December overfly schools throughout Moray, allowing as many as possible to see Santa Clause aboard their aircraft.

It was a tradition much appreciated by children across Moray – and one that this year will be sadly missed.

However, Morayvia, who operate Moray’s new Aviation Science and Technology experience, have struck a deal that will see Santa accepting visitors on board the Sea King at its Kinloss base.

Morayvia chairman Mark Mair explained: “The annual ‘Santa Tour’ was one that 202 Squadron personnel all loved to undertake and one that will be missed now that the SAR role has been taken on by civilian crews and moved away from Moray.

“Through our agreement with Santa, they need not miss out completely – while our Sea King cannot take to the air, we have kitted it out as a temporary ‘Santa’s Grotto’ where children will be able to come along and not only meet Santa but receive a gift from him aboard the aircraft.”

The special Grotto will be open to visitors from today and tomorrow at 2pm until 5pm and each weekend until Christmas at the same times – tickets for the Santa visit can be purchased at the Morayvia reception on North Road in Kinloss.