The British Army’s radio service has added two more transmitters to its network.
Garrison FM is now broadcasting to the 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland and in the nearby Cameron barracks area of Inverness.
Families at home in Inverness will now be able hear their loved ones in weekly link ups to 3 SCOTS base in Afghanistan, broadcast on 87.7 FM in both locations. The Officer Commanding Rear Party, Major Colin McInroy said: “I think its fantastic that Garrison FM has launched here. Inverness might be slightly out of it geographically but Garrison FM helps us feel part of the wider Army family and brings the community closer. I walk in to the Community Centre and the wives are listening to and enjoying the radio station.”
Former England and Rangers captain, Terry Butcher, who is manager of local SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle, did the honours for the Fort George switch-on. He has a son in the Army and talked on the air about the high regard British soldiers are held in. “I think the whole of Britain has come to terms with what they do. I think everyone realises just what they put themselves through and it’s just fantastic. It’s really heart-warming the reaction they, the soldiers are getting, from the British public.”
At Inverness, the city’s Provost, Councillor Jimmy Gray, joined Army families at the welcome event at the Wimberley Way Community Centre to officially launch Garrison FM’s twelth UK location.
Inverness is now the second city to receive Garrison FM broadcasts, after Edinburgh. The new locations were launched by live broadcasts hosted by Edinburgh Garrison FM’s Mark McKenzie and Managing Director Mark Page, who added; “We have been able to extend radio for soldiers, their families and MoD workers, within the current resources, so everyone benefits.”