Ellon sailor in Cenotaph ceremony

On Parade: Lt Heather Jaffrey
On Parade: Lt Heather Jaffrey

A ROYAL Navy officer from Ellon is preparing to play a leading role in the Cenotaph remembrance service in Whitehall on Sunday.

Lieutenant Heather Jaffrey, 38, is in training to become the Commanding Officer for the Queens Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service - the nursing branch of the Royal Navy.

Having joined the Royal Navy in September 1991, Heather, originally from Ellon where her parents Sandra and Alfred live, is now living in Gosport, Hampshire. She is currently working in the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit, Portsmouth, where she is in charge of the emergency department.

Since joining the service Heather has had a very interesting and varied career, the highlight of which was a seven-month tour in Bosnia, where she was the only trauma nurse deployed. She also formed part of the immediate response team, which she says was “a huge responsibility and great experience.” In her free time she enjoys keeping fit, diving, DIY and gardening.

“It is my great honour and privilege to take part in the National Remembrance ceremonies, to remember those that have had their lives taken serving their country”, she said.

The Royal Navy Contingent has been trained by the Royal Navy’s State Ceremonial Training Team based at HMS Collingwood, the home of the Maritime Warfare School at Fareham, Hampshire.