Army Reservists based in Blyth have returned home after taking part in the largest military exercise in the UK this year.
Nearly 20 part-time soldiers from the north of England, including Bombardier Mark Ferron, from Blyth, who are part of the Royal Artillery, were involved in the exercise on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, where they joined thousands of other reservists and regular troops in Exercise Steel Sabre.
The soldiers from 101st Regiment Royal Artillery took part in scenarios to train them and test their skills as they took over from regular soldiers who had been doing the same job.
Parts of the exercise involved firing live ammunition, while huge batteries of artillery become involved in mock battles. The Reservists’ rocket systems can fire over an effective range of 40 miles.
101st Royal Artillery is now recruiting people to join the Army Reserve. Full training is given along with pay, holiday allowance and – from April – a pension scheme. For details, contact Captain Graham Donkin on 01670 541571.