THE RAF Leuchars Airshow will definitely take place next year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.
In a letter to North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell, Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey said the annual event would be held on Saturday, September 15.
However, Mr Harvey warned that the future of the Airshow beyond 2012 could not be guaranteed, with the RAF due to withdraw from the base to make way for the army over the next few years.
He wrote: “I am aware that there has been significant media coverage regarding the future of the RAF Leuchars Airshow once the RAF withdraw from the base in 2015.
“At this stage, plans are not sufficiently mature to confirm the long-term viability of the event.
“However, while 2012 will undoubtedly be a busy year for the armed services in terms of operations as well as public events, the RAF have reviewed the feasibility of supporting their three annual RAF airshows, and I am pleased to confirm that the RAF Leuchars Airshow will take place on September 15, 2012.”
He went on: “I trust this is welcome news.
“However, I should emphasise that the long-term future of RAF airshows, including RAF Leuchars, remaines under review and as yet no decisions have been made.”
Reacting to the news, Sir Menzies said: “The RAF has decided that the three annual airshows at Cosford, Waddington and Leuchars should once again take place in 2012.
“Some of us have been lobbying quietly in the background for some time to persuade the MoD to continue with these important ‘shop windows’ for the RAF.
“The position after 2012 is unresolved but I shall continue to make the case for the Airshow to take place as long as practicable.
“Since I first attended in 1987 the Airshow has gone from strength to strength with around 50,000 visitors.
“After the disappointments of the last 12 months this is a welcome piece of good news.”