Bomb-attack soldier will tell his story

A FORMER soldier almost killed by a horrific bomb attack in Iraq will tell his inspirational story in South Tyneside this month.

Rory Mackenzie underwent a 16-hour life-saving operation after the attack five years ago in Basra left him badly injured and killed a colleague.

The former Army combat medical technician has since embarked on a second career as an inspirational speaker, telling his story of triumphing over adversity at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics.

Mr Mackenzie, formerly a lance-corporal, will be the keynote speaker at a free event, called Minefields and Motivation, to be held at the Customs House, South Shields, on Wednesday, March 19, starting at 8.30am.

The event is aimed at boosting employment prospects for ex-military personnel.

Hosted by South Tyneside Council and its armed forces community covenant steering group, the all-day event will seek to show how skills acquired in military service can be applied in civilian workplaces.

Mr Mackenzie said: “It is crucial that councils are aware of ex-servicemen seeking employment and make any potential job opportunities for ex-servicemen and women known, as they will benefit from an individual who will segue easily into an environment where they continue to give back to the community.”

Coun Ed Malcolm, South Tyneside Council’s armed forces champion, said: “It should be a poignant way for service and non-service personnel to learn from somebody who has achieved a great deal in their life to date.”

To book a place at the event, call 424 6256, e-mail jenn.richards@southtyneside.gov.uk or visit www.southtyneside.info/businessevents.

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