A TEENAGER has received the coveted green beret after successfully completing one of the hardest military training courses in the world.
Kieron Reay, 17, from Trimdon Village, passed out of the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon with 165 Troop to become a Royal Marine Commando.
He will now go to 45 Commando Royal Marines based at Arbroath in Scotland, where he will undergo intense physical training as he continues to further himself.
The former pupil at Sedgefield Community College said: “When I was 11 at a local air show I saw the Royal Marines and from then on I knew what I wanted to do.
“The training was hard, but I made some really good friends and have had some of the best times.”
While in Scotland, Kieron will learn how to speed march, a combination of marching and running while carrying 32lbs of weight, before later taking on the infamous 30-mile march across the wilderness of Dartmoor.