Golf day is off to a tee for soldiers

Participants at the Whitley Bay Rotary Club's golf day.
Participants at the Whitley Bay Rotary Club's golf day.

A sporting day went off to a tee for Rotarians and injury army personnel.

Whitley Bay Golf Club hosted the event organised by Whitley Bay Rotary Club as they welcomed Catterick-based 4th Brigade Personnel Recovery Unit.

Lt. Col. Steve Bostock OBE, with Junior Vice President John Clarkson, with soldiers of the North East Personnel Recovery Unit, and Whitley Bay Rotarians.

Lt. Col. Steve Bostock OBE, with Junior Vice President John Clarkson, with soldiers of the North East Personnel Recovery Unit, and Whitley Bay Rotarians.

All the competitors completed the 18 holes of the links course and the eventual winner on the day was Captain Stephen Robinson from Richmond. The annual Challenge Cup was just won by Whitley Bay Rotarians.

The unit’s Commanding Officer, Lt Col Steve Bostock OBE joined John Clarkson, junior vice president at the Rotary Club, to present the winning cup and a selection of prizes to all the competitors.

All competitors were pleased to hear the event would return next year.

Captain Sherri Took, a personal recovery officer, explained to club members that it was the role of the unit to look after serving personnel who where on long term sick.

They do this by supporting the soldiers, all of whom have a variety of injuries, which included both operational and non-operational injuries.

She explained that once the soldiers were assigned to the unit, the purpose of the unit was to ensure a smooth transition either back into the military, or should they be medically discharged, back into civilian life.

Captain Took thanked the Rotary Club for their hospitality and for providing a much needed recreational activity for the soldiers.