No. II (AC) Squadron Royal Air Force will parade through Montrose on Friday 26 July 2019, in celebration of their Freedom of Angus and the close links between the RAF and the town.
Under the Royal Flying Corps, the Squadron was the first to land its aircraft at Montrose Air Station in 1913 and is recognised as the oldest fixed wing squadron in the world. They were granted the Freedom of Angus in the RAF’s centenary year last year by Angus Council following a request from the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.
The parade will form at Baltic Street car park, before setting off at approximately 1.30pm along Baltic Street to George Street and then into the heart of the High Street, where a dais will be in place adjacent to Old & St Andrews Church, at about 1.45pm. Following speeches and a scheduled flypast, the Squadron will muster at a reception at the heritage centre in Waldron Road.
Attending the event will be Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne; Angus Provost Ronnie Proctor; Group Captain JRE Walls, Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth; Wing Commander Jim “Rosie” Lee, Commander of No. II Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth; and Angus Council Chief Executive, Margo Williamson; along with Mairi Gougeon, MSP for Angus North & Mearns and other elected members and invited guests.
A number of traffic restrictions will be in place on the day as follows –
There will be no waiting of vehicles between 9.30am and 4pm on High Street (from its junction with George Street to 45m north of Hume Street); on Castle Place; on George Street (between High Street and Baltic Street); and on Baltic Street (between George Street and Museum Street).
Vehicles will be prohibited on Baltic Street (between its junctions with George Street and Museum Street) between 10.30am and 4pm. An alternative route will be in place via George Street/Panmure Place/Museum Street (both directions).
Vehicles will also be prohibited on High Street (between its junctions with George Street and New Wynd; and George Street (between High Street and Baltic Street, between 1.45pm and 4pm. These restrictions will be via a “rolling” road closure and controlled by uniformed police officers, as necessary. Diversion signs will be in place. Pedestrian and emergency vehicle access will be maintained throughout.