A SERVING Colne soldier has been promoted from private to lance corporal.
Dominic Pate (20), who serves in the 2nd Yorkshire regiment, joined the Army on leaving Primet High School in 2008.
He spent his first year at Harrogate Foundation College and joined the regiment shortly after it returned from Afghanistan in March, 2010.
He is currently serving in Cyprus on a two-year posting.
He is following in a family tradition in the Army - he has an uncle, a stepfather and two grandfathers who have all been in the Army.
His mum Ailsa Gill said: “He joined the Army out of the blue. He came home from school one day and said he wanted to join. Several of his friends are also in the Army and I am very proud of his achievements.”