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Actor's brother launches tartan
Colin McGregor with tartan and Tornado (Pic: Donald Stewart)
The pilot said he hoped the tartan would raise awareness
The pilot brother of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has launched a new tartan at RAF Lossiemouth to help veterans.

The charity Erskine helps to care for veterans throughout Scotland.

Squadron Leader Colin McGregor, a Tornado pilot, said he hoped that by helping Erskine's tartan launch it would raise awareness of the charity.

He said: "I've seen for myself the unrivalled care that they provide to ex-servicemen and women. I think the tartan is a fantastic idea."

The Lossiemouth pilot said: "In this day and age they are seeing increasing numbers of young veterans requiring support.

"I think it is important that we in the armed forces recognise the care that Erskine provides and to help spread the word that their outstanding work for veterans is just as relevant today as it ever was throughout their 90 year history.

"I am delighted to be helping Erskine launch their new tartan."

Funds raised from the sale of these items will go directly towards the care of our veterans throughout Scotland
Colonel Martin Gibson
Erskine chief executive

After the launch he took to the skies above Lossiemouth and flew a piece of the new tartan.

The special piece of cloth, complete with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of its special journey, will be sold to the highest bidder to raise funds for the charity.

Colonel Martin Gibson, chief executive of Erskine, said: "We have taken the opportunity to launch this Erskine Veterans Tartan to raise the awareness of the unique care we provide to our ex-servicemen and women throughout Scotland.

"It serves to highlight the courage and bravery of veterans from WWII and more recent conflicts, and also young men and women from Scotland who are currently putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We are launching a full range of supporting tartan gifts and clothing.

"Funds raised from the sale of these items will go directly towards the care of our veterans throughout Scotland."




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