Graeme Farris with HRH The Duke of York, KG
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Morayvia's Science and Technology Experience Project (STEP) is a project to bring together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology and arts-related activities into a single centre of excellence in Moray, but serving the northeast of Scotland, the Highlands and beyond.

Morayvia (Registered Charity SC042895)

Visit by His Royal Highness The Duke of York

His Royal Highness The Duke of York Prince Andrew visited Morayvia today, 5th June 2017 as part of his tour of Moray.

HRH was given a tour of the visitor centre at Kinloss and briefed on the organisation’s history and future plans before inspecting a well-known aircraft to him, Morayvia’s Search and Rescue Sea King Helicopter, having flown a Sea King during the Falklands war. HRH was also given a full tour of the centre’s ever growing collection of exhibits, including the recently reassembled Jaguar GR3 aircraft.

Met by Morayvia volunteers, local cub scouts, and members of the Boys Brigade, HRH also met Jo Robinson, Regional Director for VisitScotland, alongside local businessmen and Morayvia supporters Charlie Milne from Regency Vauxhall and Richard Murray from Limehillock Quarries who all advised HRH on the input they have had to Morayvia’s recent and future growth plans.

Before leaving, HRH was presented with a special replica model of the Sea King Helicopter which he flew, made specifically for him by Morayvia Director and former Search and Rescue winchman, Bob Poutney.

HRH was impressed with Morayvia’s achievements and left the centre encouraging everyone to keep working hard to continue moving forwards.

Morayvia Chairman Mark Mair said: “To have a member of the Royal Family and former Sea King crew member come and give our centre the Royal Seal of approval is really a great acknowledgement of the efforts of all our volunteers and local business supporters. It has been a wonderful privilege to have HRH visit us today.”

Special thanks was also made to Lord Lt of Moray Grenville Johnson for his previous and ongoing assistance, one of the many who help Morayvia in the background to achieve their objectives.

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