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Kinloss Primary pupils welcome Poseidon


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Kinloss pupils waving at the new aircraft as it lands on a runway near the village.
Kinloss pupils waving at the new aircraft as it lands on a runway near the village.

PUPILS from Kinloss Primary had a front-row seat for the arrival of the UK’s first P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

The aircraft, named Pride of Moray, landed on the runway at Kinloss Barracks this afternoon (Tuesday, February 4) as 240 pupils waved and welcomed its safe arrival from Jacksonville, Florida.

The children were invited to witness the historic occasion by 39 Engineer Regiment, Kinloss Barracks, and RAF Lossiemouth, which will be the eventual home of the new squadron of P-8A aircraft.

Headteacher, Rachel Wolford, confirmed it was a fantastic experience for the pupils to be involved in.

She said: "Our school has a strong armed forces community, so this visit had an extra significance for many of our pupils, whose parents or close family members currently serve, or have served.

"We’re lucky to have such great community around the school and that showed today as we were joined by around 30 parents who came along and shared in the incredible excitement of the event."



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