A TEENAGE soldier from Holmfirth took the honours in a huge Army parade.
Junior Regimental Sgt Maj James Taylor, 17, had the honour of commanding the largest military graduation parade in Britain.
And there to watch him complete his duties at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate were his proud mum and dad, Glynn and Mandy Taylor, and six-year-old sister Charlotte.
James, of Holmfirth is a former student at Colne Valley High School. He has just completed a 42-week training course at the Army college.
He finished as top junior soldier and was given the honour of being in charge of the 90-minute parade of 714 young soldiers.
They were watched by thousands of relatives, friends and Army colleagues.
The young troops were inspected by the Assistant Chief of the General Staff, Maj-Gen David Richards, and the college commandant, Lt-Col Guy Deacon.
James is now to spend three months undergoing infantry training at Catterick barracks before joining the 1st Bn The Light Infantry, now in the Gulf.