Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brothers in Arms

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brothers in Arms

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Byline: Mike Morgan

A trio of close Teesside pals have completed a rare achievement by passing out within weeks of one another as fully fledged Royal Marine Commandos.

The three young soldiers, all just 17, grew up together in Guisborough and were all on the same course.

Chris Mitchell, Dave Johnson and Lee Nesbitt all plumped for the elite Commandos in a bid to win their famous green berets, which they have now done in style.

The Commando selection course is renowned for being among the toughest in the world.

They have known each other since childhood and went to school together, including to Guisborough's Laurence Jackson School.

Lee's mum Diane, 45, of Venables Road, Guisborough, said: "These three lads have been best mates since the early 90s and have done everything together.

"It's very unusual for three pals like this to qualify - the standard required for the Commandos is almost as tough as the SAS.

"All the parents are very proud of them indeed. …

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