Abington soldier Christopher Leyden mentioned in Dispatches

A MAN who swapped the tranquil Upperward hills for the deadly ones of Afghanistan has proved himself among the British Army’s bravest of the brave.

Thursday, 7th April 2011, 2:36 pm

There is colossal pride in the Abington area this week at the news that one of its sons, 28-year-old Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden, has been mentioned in Despatches for showing “great courage” during a vicious shooting match with terrorists.

Obviously not the sort given to over-dramatising things, the Scots Guardsman summed up the incident as being “like one of those cowboy films”.

To find out more about a very modest hero, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette which is in the shops now.