A Sunderland soldier has won an award for being the best recruit.
Guardsman Quin Eccles has won a Guards award after finishing his training.
The 19-year-old, from Thorney Close, has successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
His platoon commander, Captain Sam Greenley, said: “Guardsman Eccles has won the Best Recruit award. It is a tough six months’ course but he has stood out throughout. “He has a good understanding of what it means to be a soldier, and when he’s given extra
responsibility he applies himself a hundred per cent. “This is a well-deserved award and it’s gone to a popular member of the platoon.”
Guardsman Eccles received his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre.
Quin said: “The army has been in the media for most of my adult life and I think that’s had an influence on me wanting to be a soldier.
“I went to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate when I was 16, and although I completed the training there I realised I wanted to have some educational qualifications behind me. I left and got a Level 3 NVQ in engineering, but then rejoined the army. “Even though I had been at Harrogate for 18 months, I still learned a lot at Catterick, I think it’s the best training in the army. It hasn’t really sunk in that I’ve won an award, all I can think of to say is that all my hard work over the past six months has paid off.
“I haven’t told my family about the award, they will get a nice surprise when they see me collecting it.”
After a two-week driving course, Guardsman Eccles will take some well-earned leave before joining his new unit the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards based in London.