When you’ve got thousands of people queuing for a major sporting event, it is crucial that everyone is inside and seated before the starter’s pistol goes off.
And a Jedburgh soldier has been one of the army of miltary volunteers on duty at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Private Craig Jack is part of the military venue security force, and it’s his job to ensure that the thousands of spectators get into the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) without a hitch.
Craig, who serves with 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Black Watch) at Fort George near Inverness, said he was delighted to be selected to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
The 23-year-old said: “I wasn’t sure if the public would feel a little intimidated seeing us at the security checkpoints, but they like seeing us out and about, and doing stuff. Everyone we’ve seen today seems to be happy to see us, and to have a good time.” Craig said he was also enjoying working alongside his RAF and Royal Navy colleagues.
“Being in the infantry, it’s just males that you see every day, so it’s good to get a female perspective. It makes the day a lot better, so I’m enjoying it”, he said.
After leaving Jedburgh Grammar School, Craig worked as a tree surgeon before joining the Army in 2011.
Craig is one of around 2,500 service personnel assisting Police Scotland.