RAF Leuchars has been providing early festive cheer for both ends of the age spectrum, hosting parties for the Leuchars Parish Old Age Pensioners as well as the children of station personnel.
More than 110 local pensioners accepted an invitation to the Sergeants’ Mess for an evening which included Christmas dinner and entertainment.
The event was organised by Flight-Lieutenant Myles Dillon and his staff from the Catering Flight at RAF Leuchars.
A station spokesperson told the Citizen: ‘‘The party provides an opportunity for as many of Leuchars’ elderly population as possible to celebrate Christmas with one another.
‘‘To make sure everyone made it to the party safely in the difficult weather conditions, RAF Leuchars arranged transport to collect the pensioners and take them home at the end of the evening.’’
The annual station children’s Christmas party this year was made possible thanks to a huge amount of effort by personnel, particularly the Station Charity Action Group (SCAG).
They transformed the University Air Squadron hangar into a Christmas wonderland, complete with Santa’s Grotto, and more than 200 children of RAF Leuchars personnel attended the event with their parents.
The youngsters participated in numerous Christmas party games organised by the Station’s Community Development staff, including bouncy castles, ball pits and face-painting.
While 58 Squadron, RAF Regiment, provided the excellent food and refreshments, the highlight of the day was for each child to visit Santa in his grotto and receive a present.
Station commander Harry Atkinson said: “Engaging with the local community is very important to us.
‘‘The level of support we receive from the community is tremendous and the Christmas party was just one way we could demonstrate our appreciation and thanks.’’