Tuesday 16th March 2010

Best-selling action author and former Bravo Two Zero commander, Andy McNab, met hundreds of students during a visit to a Stourport school.

The decorated ex-member of the SAS was at Stourport High School and VIth Form Centre to launch his latest book, Dropzone , set around his hobby of skydiving.

He talked to students from years nine,10, 11 and 12 along with more than 400 students from 10 other secondary schools, including King Charles I School in Kidderminster and The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre.

Julie Benkwitz, school librarian, said: “The atmosphere was electric as Andy shared some of his amazing life experiences with them, which ranged from his various missions during the Gulf War to his love of skydiving.

“Then the students had a wonderful opportunity to ask Andy any questions that they wanted. The hall was buzzing after the talk as the students eagerly queued up waiting to have their books signed and to have the opportunity to meet and chat with Andy.”

Students from Stourport High also interviewed Mr McNab as part of the BBC School Report project.

They discussed his time in juvenile detention and how he joined the infantry in 1976, as well as his 10 years service in B Squadron 22 SAS.

During that time, Mr McNab worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland he spent two years working as an undercover operator, resulting in him having to keep his identity hidden.

Gulf War patrol Bravo Two Zero was the most decorated patrol since the Boer War and Mr McNab was the British Army’s most decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS in February, 1993.

The interview with him from the school visit is available both on the BBC website and on the school’s website, at shs.worcs.sch.uk

Source: Kidderminster Shuttle news