MORE than two dozen new recruits have been sworn in to the Army at a ceremony overseen by dignitaries.
The men and women from across County Durham signed up to join the service through the force’s office in Claypath in Durham, with the event to mark the record-breaking development held at Finchale Training College in the city.
During the occasion, they swore their oath of allegiance to Queen and country as they took their first steps in their new career.
In addition to the Mayor of Durham, Coun John Wilkinson, representatives of the armed forces and veterans support organisations joined the presentation.
This week’s session was organised ay Finchale as it continued to support its links with the Army.
It began as a rehabilitation centre for ex-servicemen during the Second World War following its conversion from a hotel and is continuing work now to support the armed forces community.
Among the group was Christopher Newhouse, of Peterlee, who said: “When I realised I could join the Army at 16, I was really pleased.
“I didn’t want to have to wait another year to start learning how to be a soldier.
“This way, I get to carry on my education and also start working towards my career as a Communications System Operator within the Royal Corps of Signals.
“It’s fantastic to join with so many other people, especially those who will join me at the Army Foundation College, as I’ll have some familiar faces when I start in September.”