Royal meeting for David

David Verity meets Duke of York
David Verity meets Duke of York

A SOLDIER from Bridlington came face to face with his Colonel in Chief when His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

Cpl David Verity, 26 was among a group of military instructors chosen to meet Prince Andrew when he called in at the Army’s training establishment for 16-year-olds in Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate.

Although the Duke of York was there to present prizes to a charity, the Duke of York’s Community Initiative, he was also keen to meet both permanent military staff and Junior Soldiers and learn more about the college.

“Today was a chance to let His Royal Highness know exactly how hard young soldiers have to train to be ready for Operations.” said David, who is a member of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, currently serving at the college.

The College trains more than 1,200 Junior Soldiers each year over a 42-week course, providing the 16 and 17-year-olds with military training and vocational education ahead of a career in the British Army.

Several new enlistees from Bridlington have joined its ranks and the the teenage troops leave Harrogate after a year with an Apprenticeship for I.T. Users, which includes a Level 2 Diploma.

In addition, soldiers with no previous qualifications can work towards a GCSE equivalent in English and maths.

Since 2000, the College has awarded over 10,000 Apprenticeships and pass rates are above the national average.