Special dinner for ex-Marine Colour Sgt

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Tornacoille Hotel in Banchory is set to host a fundraising dinner in honour of a serviceman who paid a high price deffending his country.

Paul ‘Baz’ Barrett, a colour sergeant in the Royal Marines, stood on a land-mine in Afghanistan.

The blast nearly claimed his life, and he lost one leg completely as well as badly damaging the other, part of both hands, the sight in one eye and hearing in one ear. He has undergone surgery 52 times.

As well as coping with his disabilities, Baz has had to come to terms with the end of a 20-year career as a mountain leader, an elite branch of the Marines, yet he continues to achieve his goals and strives to make a success out of his life.

Paul recently climbed Ben Nevis, completed a triathlon and a tandem parachute jump.

He hopes to help and inspire others by telling his story.

Baz currently lives in Scotland with his two daughters.

The elite warrior has been featured in two BBC documentaries: BBC Scotland’s 9/11 A Hidden Legacy (first transmitted in 2011) and Inside Out – Afghanistan, The Homecoming (October 2014).

Catherine Robertson Ross MBE, Aboyne-based Banchory well kent face, works tirelessly for veterans and helped organise the event.

She said: “Paul Barrett represents everything I admire in a man who served his country.

‘‘Paul was prepared to, and sadly paid, a high price for his service and yet he fights on, although not in Afghanistan, to achieve a new life - a different life - for himself and his family.

“Paul’s new focus this time is to motivate and inspire others.”

“I believe in Paul Barrett, I believe he will use his military expertise and experience as a mountain leader to inspire others to make the most of their lives.

Tickets cost £45 to attend the evening on Thursday, March 19, at the Tornacoille Hotel with proceeds going to charity.