Sept 1988 – 50 th Anniversary of Pitreavie Castle!

1988 Sept Pitreavie Castle first day cover.

In my early days before mobile phones, it was the trusted land line or the local Police that called you out. The RAF Mountain Rescue Teams were controlled by two Rescue Coordination Centres at Pitreavie Castle and Plymouth. In Scotland it was Pitreavie Castle that called us out when we were at home, usually in the middle of the night and a call the kids at home would fear as it meant you were away on a call -out.   The photo above was sent to me by Ian Stewart and it was a first day cover celebrating 50 years  of Pitreavie Castle near Edinburgh that I signed as Team Leader RAF Leuchars. It was well known in the early days of SAR as “Edinburgh Rescue” and along with Plymouth Rescue controlled the military SAR Forces until they moved to the sole ARCC at Kinloss in 1997. Many in SAR in the helicopters and MRT will remember the call sign “Edinburgh Rescue and Plymouth Rescue”. I went to the Castle on several occasions for meetings and the odd bollocking. It was an impressive place and was the main line of communication on all Rescues.

After the Second World War Pitreavie Castle became the headquarters of the NATO North Atlantic Area, home of the commanders of air forces and of naval forces in the North Atlantic, and the home of the Air Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland (AOSNI). The base closed in 1996, and role as a maritime rescue co-ordination centre was moved to RAF Kinloss. The castle has now been converted into several apartments with most of the surviving gardens developed as private housing (MacLean Gate) and the Carnegie Campus business park.

How many remember the phone number?

The old days – Photo Jim Fraser.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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5 Responses to Sept 1988 – 50 th Anniversary of Pitreavie Castle!

  1. Andrew Birkby says:

    Inverkeithing 2161

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  2. Simon Willatts says:

    I’d like to hear the stories behind the bollockings!


  3. James Morrison says:

    Inverkiething 2161

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