Highlands & Islands

Future of Fort George 'secure', MSP says

Re-enactment groups at Fort George
Image caption Re-enactment groups pause in a mock gunned salute at Fort George

The future of a historic artillery fort is "secure", according to Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon.

She said Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey had confirmed to her that "there are no plans to vacate" Fort George at Ardersier, near Inverness.

There were concerns the site, which is a working barracks, would be axed as part of the defence review.

Last week, actor Hugh Grant visited Fort George to back its museum's appeal to raise £3m to pay for improvements.

Along the Moray Firth coast from the fort, RAF stations at Kinloss and Lossiemouth face an uncertain future following October's defence review.

Ms Scanlon said: "The defence review has been very difficult and the north of Scotland will no doubt suffer from the loss of RAF Kinloss.

"However, I am delighted that in his response, the minister of state has confirmed that 'there are no plans to vacate Fort George'.

Image caption Hugh Grant with his father James at Fort George last week

"This will be very welcome news to the local community who have a proud association with the regiments based at Fort George over many years."

Grant's grandfather Col James Murray Grant, from Inverness, received the Distinguished Service Order for bravery during World War II.

The Seaforth Highlander was depot commander at Fort George after the war.

Grant's father Capt James Murray Grant also served with a Highlands regiment.

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