AFTER an arduous tour of duty in Afghanistan, meeting Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole was the perfect boost for Sapper Craig Wilson from Selkirk.
The 30-year-old was one of the lucky servicemen at the main British military base at Camp Bastion to have a chat with the pop star who was filming ahead of next month’s Pride of Britain Awards which will be screened on ITV1.
Since March, Craig, whose parents George and Laura live in Anderson Road, has been serving with the Counter IED Task Force.
Craig, who was a greenkeeper at Cardrona golf course until enlisting three years ago, is a bomb searcher.
It is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the army with the task force’s exploits currently being featured in the BBC documentary, The Bomb Squad.
“He’s been doing this since this tour of duty began in March and it’s pretty hairy stuff,” said his dad George this week.
He added: “The tour is over at the end of this month and after a fortnight at his base in Maidstone, he’ll get some leave and we’re really looking forward to seeing him, although he’ll spend most of the time with his girlfriend in Wales.
“He emailed to tell us that meeting Cheryl Cole was the perfect morale boost after all he’s been through, saying she was the best thing he’s ever seen in combat fatigues!”