A right royal presentation for Mountain Rescue team

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The team at Braemar Mountain Rescue welcomed a royal visitor this week as they were presented with a new Land Rover.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh kindly accepted the presentation of the new vehicle on behalf of Braemar Mountain Rescue Association.

Prince Philip is patron of Braemar Mountain Rescue and accepted the replacement vehicle at a presentation held at Balmoral Castle.

The presentation of the vehicle was made following a generous donation towards the cost from the Order of St John, Scotland.

The Order of St John supports mountain rescue across Scotland with a rolling programme of donations to help fund vehicles.

Malcolm MacIntyre, smpport Manager with Braemar Mountain Rescue Association, said: “This kind donationhelped us replace an ageing Land Rover with a new vehicle, which is essential to supporting our mountain rescue work in Upper Deeside and the Cairngorms.

“I would like to thank the Order of St John for their continued support and our Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for accepting this on our behalf.”

Braemar Mountain Rescue team received an average of 46 call-outs each year, with winter being its busiest season. The team, based in Upper Deeside, operates primarily in the Southern Cairngorms and Glenshee hills.

The new Land Rover will greatly benefit the Association and aid their good work.