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Today, we had a special visitor in school. Former pupil, Lance Corporal Josh Smithurst, had his passing out parade last week and is now an electronics specialist in the REME – he came dressed in full army uniform.

He visited Y4NT, to provide a career talk on life as an electronics specialist. The children had the opportunity to ask Lance Corporal Smithurst some questions about the army. The class topic this week has been about Remembrance Day, so they were very excited to be able to ask a real-life soldier about the meaning of Remembrance Day and the parades that take place.

Josh, who left Firthmoor Primary School in 2006, went onto study at Hurworth Comprehensive, then latterly Darlington College.  He took up a telecommunications post with British Telecom, before starting his 18-month army training programme in February 2020, and next week, he takes up his first post as a serving soldier.

We are sure Lance Corporal Smithurst will work his way up the ranks and will be back to visit us one day as Field Marshal.

We wish him all the very best in his new career!


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