The pup on parade

BERTIE the Jack Russell has been practising standing to attention - after being made a corporal at Nailsea Air Training Corps. Bertie

BERTIE the Jack Russell has been practising standing to attention - after being made a corporal at Nailsea Air Training Corps.Bertie, a Parson Jack Russell, has been given the honorary rank of Corporal by his cadets at the 2467 Squadron (Nailsea) ATC.The perky three-and-a half-year-old pup, belongs to Pilot Officer Audrey Smart RAFVR(T).She adopted him from Bristol Dogs Home when he was just five-months-old and the pair have become firm friends. Corporal Bertie will now have to undertake certain duties as part of his role including going out on parade and boosting morale within the troop.He already has his wing badge for sport after completing a number of tasks and is hoping to get his full wings next summer.He even has a special doggie uniform in the troop's colours, which was made for him especially by Goodall's Tailors. Pilot Officer Smart said: "Bertie is delighted to be part of the squadron which has adopted him as its mascot."It is the first time a Parson Jack Russell has been adopted as a mascot and he loves the cadets."He takes his commitment and responsibilities very seriously."Corporal Bertie will go on his first parade with fellow cadets on June 4.The squadron meets each Monday and Thursday at its base at Greenfield Crescent and enjoys activities including target shooting and various sports.For more information contact 01275 856503 on parade nights.Pictured with Corporal Bertie are William Martin, Paul Kington, William Morrissey, Daniel Pring, Damon Faiers and Pilot Officer Audrey Smart.


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