Leuchars Open Day a big hit

June 5, 2017

HRFCA joined the large crowds attending Leuchars Station Open Day on 3 June. 

The sun shone on a day that saw thousands of visitors enjoying the wide range of attractions on offer.

Those included a military village with static and interactive displays from a range of units including 7 Scots, the SNIY, Royal Engineers and 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Cadets and Reserve units were well represented too, with the laser clay pigeon shooting range run by Burma Company of The Black Watch Battalion ACF a huge draw.

Trade stands were set out in one of the base’s large hangars, which also housed a display of supercars, including a Bugatti Veyron and models from Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini. For real performance enthusiasts there was an RAF Typhoon at the other side of the showground.

There was also a range of food stalls catering for all tastes and a variety of rides and slides for the young and young at heart. A group of Star Wars characters also mingled with the crowd.

The centrepiece of the event was the arena, which hosted Pipes & Drums from the Scots DGs and RAF, physical training and combat displays, a gun run, choir, band, falconry show and more.

The HRFCA tent (borrowed from the ACF for the day) did brisk business with lots of community engagement and awareness taking place. Our giveaways proved popular with lots of pens, wristbands and shopping bags now out there in the community. We were also able to direct potential Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to the appropriate stands.

Wave Radio – which provided music and commentary throughout the day – also visited the stand giving Assistant Chief Executive Terry Cowan the opportunity to spread the HRFCA message over the PA system, airwaves and internet.

Overall it was a great day and a welcome addition to the HRFCA events calendar.

For a gallery of images from the day, click HERE.

HRFCA Head of Engagement Dai John chats to show visitors.

Black Watch cadets enjoying the falconry display.