Guardsman Billy Troops the Colour

Billy Waddell at James Calvert Spence College in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Billy Waddell at James Calvert Spence College in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Billy Waddell, from Widdrington, called into his old school, James Calvert Spence College in Amble, during leave from the Coldstream Guards.

At 17, Billy is the youngest Guardsman in his battalion, based at Wellington Barracks in London.

The former Broomhill Army Cadet joined the Army in 2014 and is currently on ceremonial duties.

In June, he is taking part in Trooping the Colour, the annual spectacle marking the Queen’s official birthday.