New exhibit fires up Morayvia’s growing attractions

Bob Dunnett accepts the latest Morayvia exhibit from Lt Col Grenville Johnson
Bob Dunnett accepts the latest Morayvia exhibit from Lt Col Grenville Johnson

SCIENCE AND AVIATION group Morayvia have taken on a new exhibit that should prove to be a massive attraction – in more ways than one.

In his role as Chairman of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd., long-time supporter of the project that has brought a massive boost to Moray tourism, Lt Col Grenville Johnston OBE, handed over a Highlands RIV Airport Fire Engine to the Kinloss-based attraction.

Morayvia director Bob Dunnett managed the acquisition and display of the new exhibit and hailed it as a “significant addition to our growing collection of interactive exhibits”, adding: “It makes a very impressive sight and it just gets better for visitors when they realise they can climb aboard and experience a little of what it is like to operate, including donning helmets and fire clothing.

“We are very grateful to HIAL staff who have assisted us in the acquisition of this important exhibit.”

After handing over the engine on Saturday, Lt Col Johnston said: “As Lord Lieutenant of Moray I have been kept informed of Morayvia’s ambitious plans since the group first formed in 2011.

“I have been more than delighted to assist as the project has progressed from its purchase in 2012 of Nimrod MR2 XV244, now named Duke of Edinburgh, to its successful campaign in 2015 to save a Sea King SAR helicopter for Moray.

“Having served at a number of HIAL airports including Inverness, the Highlander RIV is a very appropriate addition to Morayvia’s growing list of exhibits. As Chairman of HIAL I am delighted to formally hand over the fire engine, which has been gifted by the Scottish Government.

“Morayvia volunteers have made remarkable progress preserving the area’s aerospace heritage, particularly that of RAF Kinloss and Lossiemouth, and integrating these elements into an exciting and unique visitor attraction, which I have no doubt is helping to expand and diversify Moray’s economy.”