Gunners old and new swap notes at Lossie base

Past and present members of 2622 (Highland) Squadron

Past and present members of 2622 (Highland) Squadron

OLD ACQUAINTANCE’S WERE rekindled this week when former members of RAF Lossiemouth’s 2622 (Highland) Squadron attended a reunion at the Moray base.

Veterans from the RAF Regiment Reserves unit mingled with those still serving at an event organised by the Squadron’s CO, Squadron Leader Andy Liggat, with guests including former CO, Wing Commander Caddick and the Honorary Air Commodore, Major General Seymour Monro CBE LVO DL.

It was the first time 2662 (Highland) has held a reunion – and so the first time members past and present could swap notes on the changes the squadron has faced over the years.

Former Warrant Officer Hamish Simpson said: “Thirty six years after is formation it is tremendous that the Squadron is having its first official reunion.  It would be great to see this as an annual event.”

The most northerly Royal Auxiliary Air Force unit in the UK was formed in 1979 with the duty of assisting in the defence of the airfield.  While personnel were recruited entirely from the local area in the early days that has since been extended, with squadron personnel now being drawn from all parts of Scotland.

Following the reunion Squadron Leader Liggat commented: “It was great to see so many of our ex-Squadron members again and it is my intention that we make the reunion an annual event.

“All Reserve squadrons have a strong family-like bond and it is these links that develop the squadron’s ethos and history. After all, once a member of 2622 (Highland) Squadron, always a member of 2622 (Highland) Squadron.”

Moray information on the RAF Reserve and how to join is available online at https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/