Famous Fifers back fight for RAF Leuchars

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THE campaign to save RAF Leuchars has been lent some star power after a host of famous Fifers signed up to the cause.

Celebrities backing the retention of the under-threat air base include Hollywood actor Dougray Scott, musicians The Proclaimers, film director Richard Jobson and authors Val McDermid and Ian Rankin.

They were recruited by the recently formed campaign group the Residents Action Force, which aims to convince the UK government that Leuchars should not be closed amid defence spending cuts.

PROUD

Speaking as one of the famous Fifers, Glenrothes-born Dougray Scott said he was “very pleased” to give the base his support.

He said: “Having grown up in Fife I know how proud people are of the men and women stationed at RAF Leuchars, not only for the bravery they have displayed while in service overseas but for the contribution they make to the local community.

“The impact on Fife of closing the base would be extensive and long-term — it would affect jobs, schools, local services and community groups.

“I’m very pleased to give my support to the campaign to save RAF Leuchars.”

Ian Rankin, the Cardenden-born author of the Inspector Rebus series of novels, added: “I grew up in Fife and have fond memories of attending the air show at RAF Leuchars as a kid.

“My brother-in-law was stationed at Leuchars for several years and I now have two nephews in the RAF.

“I know how much people value the base for the contribution it has made to the local community over the years.

“Closing it would be a huge blow to them and to Fife as a whole.”

BOOST

The support of the stars was enlisted by North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell.

He said getting their backing was a “terrific boost” in the fight to save RAF Leuchars, adding that the case for retaining the base is still “overwhelming”.

Sir Menzies’ comments were echoed by Carroll Finnie, vice-chair of the Residents Action Force, who said: “We are delighted to receive the endorsement of such famous Fifers.

“It further demonstrates the importance of the RAF Leuchars base to the local and wider community and the economy, as well as a vital strategic defence location in the UK.”