Driver CPC & Territorial Army Open Day

Driver CPC & Territorial Army Open Day

Tameside College hosted the Mercedes Benz Driver CPC and Territorial Army open day for the second year running.

The college welcomed over fifteen soldiers from 75 Engineer Regiment, six soldiers from 103 Royal Artillery, two soldiers from 23 SAS, G squadron from Manchester and the Army Recruiting Team.

The soldiers organised a number of activities including, engineering presentations, mine clearance techniques with improvised explosive devices (IED) and a variety of weapons displays. There was also a wide range of impressive military trucks on display including a 105 mm field gun. To add a fun element to the day the soldiers provided a paintball shooting range and a towering climbing wall for those daring enough to try them!

VIP’s attending the event included; The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith, The Worshipful Civic Mayor of Tameside Councillor Susan Quinn, The Leader of the Council Kieran Quinn and the Chief Executive of the Council Steven Pleasant. The special guests were delighted to be shown around the various stands and enjoyed lectures about the equipment on display.

Neil Parkinson, the Truck Sales Manager from from Ciceley Commercials, Blackburn, also arrived on site with the brand new 2012 Mercedes Benz Actros. The vehicle is fitted with amazing technology, with aerodynamic features to ensure the vehicle won the title of the Truck of the Year Award for 2012. 

Driver Training Manager, Brian Saxon, said “It was a fantastic day, I would like to thank Ciceley Commercials for supplying the new Actros vehicle and a special thank you to Bakery tutor, Lorna Jones and her students, who helped raise over £260 on the day for Help for Heroes. The event was a great success and we are already looking forward to next year.”