Afghan-bound lorry driver 'honoured' to receive award
A LORRY driver from the Borders has been recognised for his long, dedicated and exemplary service in the Territorial Army as he prepares to embark on another tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Sergeant Jim Lawrie, who is based at the TA Centre in Galashiels, part of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was presented with his 2nd Lord Lieutenant's Certificate of Meritorious Service by the Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Captain The Honourable Gerald E I Maitland-Carew, during a ceremony at Scottish Borders Council headquarters in Newtown St Boswells last week.
He is one of five members of the local unit set to deploy on operation in Afghanistan next month.
The former regular soldier, who has served in conflict zones around the world, including Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, joined the TA in January 2006 and took a lead role in the Battalion's efforts to raise more than £2500 for charity at the 2011 Hearts and Heroes Challenge - a 12-hour run across a 29-mile section of the picturesque Southern Upland Way.
Sgt Lawrie, from Kelso, said: "I feel very proud to receive this honour, it's nice to be recognised in this way."
If you want to find out more about joining the TA, then visit your local TA Centre in Paton Street, Galashiels, on Tuesday nights from 7pm.
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 25 May 12
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