Chris, 18, ‘blows away’ the com­pe­ti­tion for top award

Leek Post & Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Les­lie Jack­son les­lie.jack­[email protected]­

A LEEK teenager has won a top na­tional RAF award.

Chris Mul­roy, aged 18, has beat off all chal­lengers to take the Na­tional Sole Bu­gler Award.

To reach the fi­nal, which was held at RAF Hon­ing­ton near Bury St Ed­munds, Chris had to qual­ify ini­tially for the re­gional events.

He said: “I am re­ally proud to be­come the na­tional win­ner.

“The coun­try was split into six re­gions and the first three from each re­gion qual­i­fied for the fi­nals, which were held at RAF Hon­ing­ton in front of about 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing many top of­fi­cers.

“We all had to play The Last Post. in front of so many peo­ple.

“I was shocked when they read out the top three names and even more when they an­nounced that I was the win­ner. It was a lovely sur­prise and very pleas­ing.”

Chris, who is study­ing at St Joseph’s Col­lege in Trent Vale, has been play­ing the cor­net and trum­pet for 10 years, but only took up the bu­gle ap­prox­i­mately three years ago.

He presently plays for the Stafford­shire Wing of the RAF Air Cadet Band.

He added: “I won a gold medal and a tro­phy, which is a bu­gler on a mount. It now proudly sits on the man­tle shelf.

“I am now study­ing for my ex­ams and hope­fully I’ll go on to join the RAF for my full time ca­reer.

“I am hop­ing to take part in the Na­tional Sole Bu­gler Award again next year, when hope­fully I can try and de­fend my ti­tle.” It was very nervewrack­ing

Chris Mul­roy with his tro­phy, along with Air Com­modore Dawn Mc­caf­ferty – Com­man­dant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

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