Army cadets from the local West Lowland Battalion took the top honours last weekend by being graded the best team in the Scottish Brigade Military Skills competition held at Barry Buddon Ranges near Dundee.
The competition, open to Army Cadet Force teams from all over Scotland, tests the youngsters in a huge variety of military skills ranging from shooting to first aid, an assault course to living in the field.
51 Scottish Brigade has always run a competition, but the new format was implemented in 2003. Until last weekend no team from the Lowlands had ever won – it was the preserve of the Highlanders.
The local cadet team from all over Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Dumfries and Galloway, spent numerous weekends training for the event. They even spent their two-week annual camp on Merseyside preparing.
The team was led by 18-year-old Cadet Sergeant Major Ross McCarney from Port Glasgow, along with local girl Cadet Corporal Chantelle, 14, from Stranraer, by nearly two years the youngest member of the team.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Hay, the chief of staff of 51 Scottish Brigade, handed the trophy to the team, with all members receiving medals.