Drayman Derek polishes boots for Cenotaph ceremony

Hook Norton Brewery drayman and staff sergeant Derek Pratt, dressed to represent his regiment, the 457 Battery part of 106 Regiment Royal Artillery, at the Lord Mayor's show and Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph. NNL-161115-104126001
Hook Norton Brewery drayman and staff sergeant Derek Pratt, dressed to represent his regiment, the 457 Battery part of 106 Regiment Royal Artillery, at the Lord Mayor's show and Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph. NNL-161115-104126001
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A delivery driver from Hook Norton Brewery who uses military precision to do his day job was invited to take part in national celebrations on Remembrance Day.

As well as delivering beer around the country, Derek Pratt is also a staff sergeant in the 457 Battery part of 106 Regiment Royal Artillery.

In his spare time he makes the 170-mile round trip to Southampton every Tuesday evening after work and every other weekend to his regiment.

And last weekend, Mr Pratt represented his regiment in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday and at the Cenotaph on Sunday.

During Mr Pratt’s 28-year career in the Reserve force he has served twice in operations in Iraq.

He said he spent the week ahead of the parade frantically polishing his bots and sorting out his kit.

The 457 Battery trains with lead armoured battle groups.