A teenager from Erskine received an unforgettable welcome when he returned home after months of training as he began his career in the Royal Navy.
Jason McCormick, 18, was greeted by more than a dozen family members when he got off a train at Bishopton station on Saturday.
He had just returned from nine weeks of training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall, where he completed the first leg of his Royal Navy apprenticeship in marine engineering.
Jason’s proud aunt Elaine Gibson said the whole family wanted to congratulate him on his blackout parade, which took place on Friday.
She told The Gazette: âJason thought his mother Shonny and sister Ciara would come and get him, so we hid behind a large metal box outside the station and surprised him.
âWe all wore t-shirts that we had made with the message ‘Team Jason’ on the front and we also put up a banner for him.
âWhen we saw him arrive, there were tears and everyone was very moved, especially his mom, who found it pretty hard without him.
“We are a close family but Jason, his mother and his sister are very close.”
Relatives in America also sent good wishes from “across the pond” by sending pictures of themselves wearing their own Team Jason t-shirts, with pets also joining. to the celebrations.
Prior to starting his four-year apprenticeship, Jason worked part-time as a kitchen porter at Erskine Home, Bishopton, and Mitchell’s of Erskine butcher’s shop in the Bridgewater Mall.
A former student of Trinity High, in Renfrew, he is also a member of the Renfrewshire Boxing Club, in Johnstone, and hopes to continue to pursue his passion for the sport while he returns home.
Elaine said, âJason has been doing really well during his absence because he loves training and has successfully completed all of the assignments given to him.
âI think the only thing he found difficult was being away from home.
âHe’s very dedicated and his level of fitness is very high with all his boxing.
âJason will be home until the beginning of September, then he will move to Portsmouth for the second leg of his training, where he will be until Christmas.
“He made everyone so proud.”