A SQUADDIE and his mates were left speechless when pop princess Cheryl Cole turned up in Afghanistan.
Hartlepool signaller David Gibson said he was turned into a “jibbering wreck” alongside his fellow troops when the stunning star visited the war-torn country as part of the Pride of Britain Awards.
The Royal Signals communication specialist described the chart topping, former X-Factor judge as flawless as she casually chatted and had her photos taken with the lads to boost morale.
David is the second Hartlepool soldier to recount his battlefield meeting of the Girls Aloud member after Sapper Paul Wallace, 19, featured in the Mail with the Geordie beauty earlier this month.
David, 25, who lives in the Rossmere area of Hartlepool, said: “We were coming to the end of our tour and everyone was a bit down in the dumps so it was good to meet her.
“It was a great pick up and kept us all going and made the tour worthwhile.
“I actually thought she was really shy – but then she was in a camp full of blokes.
“I talked to her and she was really nice and she looked flawless, but I just turned to a jibbering wreck, and all the other lads did as well. We could hardly speak.”
Former Manor College of Technology pupil David has served in the Army for seven-and-a-half years after leaving Hartlepool College of Further Education.
He followed his brother, Wayne, 32, into the Royal Signals and has now done two six-month tours in Afghanistan.
And Cheryl is not the only famous face he has seen in the Middle East, as TV actor and presenter Ross Kemp and former Hartlepool MP and political heavyweight Peter Mandelson have also visited his base.
David, who is also brother to trainee nurse Gemma, 22, said: “My tours haven’t been too bad. They’ve been star-studded affairs.
“I’m glad to be back though, and enjoying the weather.
“Cheryl was the highlight overall. We were all running on empty as it’s been a busy six months, so to see her really was a lift.”
David, whose parents are Jackie and Christopher, is set to go back to Afghanistan for another four to five weeks before returning to enjoy Christmas with his family.