Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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Good lads, now take it easy up there won’t you? Which ones are you doing?’

“Blencathra off sharp edge, Hellvelyn, and Scafel pike Sir.’

Three hard climbs Fox, Blencathra is the trickiest as the rocks are very smooth so take your time. The other two are higher but I don’t foresee major problems.

“Good luck with it anyway.’

“Thank you Sergeant; can I ask you a personal question Sir.’

“You can ask me anything lad.’

There was a long pause before Roger asked him why the Royal Marines had failed him on week 32 of the course.’

“Well lad the truth is this; I wanted to quit after week six; I kid you not Fox this is a gruelling course and it takes a special kind of man to do it.’

“To be honest, I was just scraping through each time when I was talked out of quitting. I carried on but really I knew I just wasn’t up to the mark and I told the staff Sergeant this one afternoon. He looked at my reports from all the tests that I’d completed and he agreed with me that I had just managed to complete each one by the skin of my teeth. It was then that they lined us up and I was told that I hadn’t made it. I would not wear the coveted Green Beret.’

“Were you disappointed Sir?’

“Yes, I was and wished that I’d kept my mouth shut.’ Maybe it might have made no difference anyway, but I was honest enough to admit that I wasn’t up to scratch and if the lives of other men were at stake. I asked myself could I carry on. The answer was staring me in the face Fox; no I could not. That is why I went to the Staff Sergeant.’

“You have to be commended for your honesty Sergeant.’

“It didn’t win me a Green Beret though lad and I have to live with that. Maybe if you two lads can pass this course then I will have achieved something. I spoke with Captain Gordon French and he has allowed you and Harris to do the assault course at Catterick camp in two weeks time. Don’t expect any favours from the men there Fox as they will treat you like any other recruit.’

“I wouldn’t expect anything less Sir, thank you.’

One more thing Sir, it’s a big ask but if you could help me I would be most grateful.’

“Just name it lad and if I can help you I will.’

“Well I want to learn how to drive and get my own car so I don’t have to waste time waiting for buses.’

“I see Fox, I’m sure that I can arrange an hour or so with you.’

“You would Sir, that’s great.’

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