A Ministry of Defence base has been saved - three months after it closed.
RAF Stafford is to be the new home of the Army's 22 Signals Regiment, Ministers announced yesterday. It means 570 military staff will be stationed there.
The announcement is a victory for local campaigners, including the local MP David Kidney and borough council, who have been pushing Ministers to find a new use for the site since the RAF announced plans to move out last year.
In March the base was formally closed after 67 years, with a parade led by The Band of the Royal Air Force College and a fly-past by an RAF Hercules. The decision to move RAF storage and distribution operations out of RAF Stafford cost almost 1,000 jobs and threatened to have a devastating effect on the local economy.
But Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram yesterday announced the site would be the new home of the Army's 22 Signals Regiment.
Judith Dalgarno, leader of Stafford Borough Council, said: "This is absolutely brilliant news. Everyone at the borough council is delighted with this decision and we're looking forward to welcoming Army personnel and their families to the town."
Meanwhile, Midland business leaders have been urging West Bromwich MP Tom Watson - the new Defence Minister - to back the development of RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton.
John Hart, chairman of the West Midlands Business Council, said: "The business community is urging Tom Watson to back the development of this high-quality training facility.
"It is hard to exaggerate how critical the future of the base is for the West Midlands' regional economy and jobs. If the bid to develop Cosford succeeds, not only will this help secure 4,000 jobs presently directly and indirectly employed at the base, but it could also lead to the addition of a further 2,500 jobs."