Alan will represent north

A member of the Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team has been chosen to represent north east coastguards at this year’s Remembrance Service Parade at the Cenotaph in London.

Alan Armstrong, 31, has been with the Blyth Team for the last five years and has been on many rescue missions.

He was chosen from more than 700 applicants for the 13 man team.

“I am immensely proud to be representing the volunteers Coastguards across the UK and especially my colleagues in the North East,” said Alan.

A former soldier, now managing the Kwick Fit Depot in Morpeth, who saw service in The Gulf, Alan is well used to ‘going on parade’ and his dress uniform has been pressed and his boots polished to a mirror finish, ready for the big day.

“It is important that you look your smartest at such an important event, I am one of several people representing the Coastguard Service to pay our respects to all those who served and died for their country,” he said.

“I am looking forward to meeting the veterans and marching with them, it will be an absolute privilege to be with such highly respected people.”