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Blackpool students have been given the chance to see what it is like to be a modern soldier at a local Army Reserve Centre.

Eighty two youngsters at Blackpool Sixth Form College signed up to take part in the army training session, at Sir Matthew Fell House on Parkinson Way.

Photo Neil Cross'Blackpool Sixth Form College at Army Reserve Centre, Parkinson Way, Blackpool'Beep test

Photo Neil Cross'Blackpool Sixth Form College at Army Reserve Centre, Parkinson Way, Blackpool'Beep test

During the visit, students got the chance to get involved in a range of mentally and physically challenging activities “to build skills in leadership and acquire technical skills.”

Capt Mark Lydiate, recruiting officer for B Company the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s regiment said: “This is aimed at colleges across the North West, for students to come into the Barracks.

“This enables us to recruit from the colleges as most of the students are in uniformed service courses, so it’s a good target audience.”

Paul Moran, a Public Services tutor at the college also praised the event.

This is aimed at colleges across the North West, for students to come into the barracks

Capt Mark Lydiate

He said: “The skills they are learning here are very relevant.”