Royal Visits 2021

HRH The Princess Royal unveils Plaque

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the official opening of Banchory and District Men’s Shed.

The Duke of Rothesay visits Castleton Farm

The Duke of Rothesay visited local fruit growers at the Castleton Farm in Aberdeenshire. During his visit, the Duke learned more about how the family business is run and how the 400 plus acres of soft fruit are taken care of.

HRH The Princess Royal at Ringlink Scotland Ltd

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne opened the Cargill Centre extension at Ringlink Scotland Ltd in Laurencekirk. 

Remembrance Day:
November 2021

Stonehaven War Memorial

Stonehaven marked Remembrance Day with the Sea Cadets at the Stonehaven War Memorial. 

Memorial to Gordon Highlanders:
October 2021

National Memorial Arboretum

A permanent stone memorial to Gordon Highlanders has been unveiled after years of effort at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Representing the 200-year history of the regiment and the soldiers’ family roots, the memorial was unveiled for remembrance by lord lieutenants from the north-east of Scotland.

Sculpted from local material to identify with the Gordon Highlanders, the “stunning piece of craftsmanship” was carved by Stuart Murdoch, who is better known as the Speyside Sculptor. Under the main Gordon Highlanders cap badge, proudly engraved at the top of the memorial, stands a dedicated inscription in memory of “those of the regiment who served and gave their lives”.

More than 300 people gathered at the site of remembrance as the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett teamed up with the lord lieutenants of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire – Alexander Manson, Andrew Simpson and Alastair Macphie respectively – to unveil the symbol.

September 2020

Stonehaven Golf Club 
1297 Stonehaven Squadron have been awarded the Marshall Trophy, which is presented to the most improved air cadet squadron in the whole of the UK. 
  • Contending against more than 900 other squadrons,1297 Stonehaven Squadron, Air Training Corps won after a remarkable journey towards making the Squadron excel for its cadets.
  • The ceremony was attended by Air Vice Marshal Ross Paterson – RAF Air Officer Scotland, Air Commodore Tony Keeling – Commandant RAF Air Cadets and Mr Christopher Walkinshaw – Director Marshall Aerospace and Alastair Macphie Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire.  

Cadet Presentation:
29th July 2021

Stonehaven Golf Club

The Lord-Lieutenant Alastair C.S. Macphie was very pleased to join Flt Lt RAFAC George Stephen OC at the 1297 and 865 Squadron Award Ceremony at Stonehaven Golf Club. 1297 Squadron were on parade for the first time since lockdown began and I am reliable informed that was a total of 501 days!

Congratulations to the award recipients:

  • Acting Pilot Officer Ryan Watson – Lord Lieutenants Cadet 2020/2021 (865 Squadron). He is now joining the staff.
  • Cadet Flight Sergeant Coel Adams – Lord Lieutenants Cadet 2021/2022 (1297 Squadron)
  • Warrant Officer Colin Campbell – Lord Lieutenants Certificate of Meritorious Service (1297 Squadron). For his 18 years of voluntary service with the Cadets, instilling so many life skills and creating the environment for many lifetime friendships amongst Cadets.

The staff have done an excellent job keeping the Cadets connected and continuing their training throughout lockdown. There was a very noticeable relief to be all back together in person.