A soldier from Barnstaple has tooled up to take part in a tough military skills competition. The soldier joined team-mates from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) for Exercise Western Approaches, held at Swynnerton Training Camp in Staff

A soldier from Barnstaple has tooled up to take part in a tough military skills competition.The soldier joined team-mates from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) for Exercise Western Approaches, held at Swynnerton Training Camp in Staffordshire.REME are the Army's "Mr and Mrs Fixits" who use their technical and practical skills to fix everything from rifles to Challenger 2 tanks. Their wide range of trades includes vehicle mechanics, storemen, vehicle electricians, recovery mechanics, electrical technicians (Artificers) and many more.Craftsman Christopher Hayes, 19, is a member of 14 Signal Regiment based at Brawdy in Wales. He said: "I joined the Army because I love the action-side of things. I like being outdoors and while I'm young I want to enjoy the physical part of it. "It's been a great experience. I've travelled to Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland since I joined two and a half years ago."Exercise Western Approaches is a good reminder of everything that you've learnt throughout the year. It allows you to put it into practice in the field.