Officer makes the grade

Colin Potts graduation from The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Colin Potts graduation from The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

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MONTHS of gruelling training came to an end in spectacular style as a Morpeth officer cadet graduated from Sandhurst.

Colin Potts, 27, joined more than 200 colleagues for the prestigious graduation ceremony at the Royal Military Academy in Surrey, where all British Army officers are trained.

The passing-out event marks the completion of 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with a variety of adventurous and sporting challenges.

Mr Potts, who will now be joining the Royal Artillery, said: “To commission as an officer in the British Army makes me extremely proud.

“It’s been a challenging, but rewarding journey, and one I would encourage others to consider.

“The training and support I have received has been excellent and I cannot wait to start putting it into practice with the Royal Artillery.

“I’m looking forward to the new opportunities open to me now that I am in the Army, and the chance to make my contribution on both operations and humanitarian projects overseas.”

Family and friends of the officer cadet gathered at Sandhurst’s Old College Square to watch the Sovereign’s Parade, which has been run at the end of each term at the academy for more than 200 years.

The cadets paraded in front of Her Majesty’s representative Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie and the ceremony ended in traditional fashion with the Adjutant of the college riding a horse up the steps of the Old College, following the cadets through the Grand Entrance.

After a formal lunch, the day concluded in celebratory style with the exclusive Commissioning Ball, and at the stroke of midnight the newly-commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly displayed their rank insignia for the first time.


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