Double delight for mum and dad as brothers pass out

FAMILY AFFAIR From left, Howard, Lewis, Jack and Janette Cooper at HMS Raleigh
FAMILY AFFAIR From left, Howard, Lewis, Jack and Janette Cooper at HMS Raleigh

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WITH their sons passing out on the same day Janette and Howard Cooper faced a challenge.

Lewis was receiving his green beret, marking the completion of his Royal Marines Commando training, in Lympstone, Devon and Jack was 70 miles away marking the completion of his phase one navy training at HMS Raleigh.

But they made a mad dash across Devon and made it to both ceremonies.

Janette, who was recently been given the all-clear after suffering with ovarian cancer, said: ‘I can’t even take it in.

‘I’m just so very proud of them both.

‘I can’t believe we made it to both parades.

‘A few months ago I didn’t think I would make it to either let alone both pass outs.’

The brothers were both Sea Cadets and both parents have served in the Royal Navy .

Mum Janette is a serving Lieutenant Commander Naval Nursing Officer and dad Howard was a Royal Navy PT Instructor for 27 years before retiring.

Lewis, 20, who completed the 32-week-long training course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, has now joined 40 Commando in Taunton.

He said: ‘Training was hard with lots of highs and lows.

‘But I’m a lot more independent now than when I joined up.

‘I’m more mature and I value things at home more now, and I’m a lot better at ironing.’

His brother Jack, 23, had his pass out parade a day after his 23rd birthday and will train to become a clearance diver.

He said: ‘I was pretty amazed to find out that Lewis and I were both passing out on the same day.

‘Initially I was disappointed that I’d miss seeing my little brother getting his green beret, but the fact that I eventually got to see him on the day made up for that.

‘It was a special day with mum in uniform after all she has been through.’