Army day delights pupils

L/Cpl Jack Morgan operates the crane. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves 170322-1
L/Cpl Jack Morgan operates the crane. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves 170322-1

Children traded their school uniforms for army fatigues and camouflage paint when they visited a military base.

About 170 pupils from Thorney Island Community Primary School spent the day at the island’s army base – home to the soldiers of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery.

With Sgt James Scott are his daughter Alexis Scott, six, and, far left, her friend Crystal Wright, also six 170322-1

With Sgt James Scott are his daughter Alexis Scott, six, and, far left, her friend Crystal Wright, also six 170322-1

As well as getting a guided tour of the site, the youngsters also had a chance to get up close and personal with the weapons used by the troops at Baker Barracks – including the state-of-the-art Rapier air defence missile system.

Many of the youngsters have loved ones stationed at the military hub, so it was also an opportunity for them to get a rare glimpse of their parents’ day jobs.

Sergeant James Scott got to see his little girl Alexis, six. He said: ‘She has been bugging me for weeks, asking when the army day is happening.

‘But it’s been great. It’s a chance for the kids to see and understand what it is that we do. That’s really important.’

From left, Private Luke Ward and Cpl Santa Tamang with Brandon Khumalo (four), Lily Knight (five), Joseph Graham (five), and Jayden Horton (five) 170322-1

From left, Private Luke Ward and Cpl Santa Tamang with Brandon Khumalo (four), Lily Knight (five), Joseph Graham (five), and Jayden Horton (five) 170322-1

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