Grantham station commander is bid farewell as he leaves barracks for Africa

Lt Col Guy Stone is presented with his caricature by Mayor of Grantham Linda Wootten.
Lt Col Guy Stone is presented with his caricature by Mayor of Grantham Linda Wootten.

Grantham has said farewell to the man in command of the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks as he departs for a new post in Africa.

The Mayor of Grantham, Councillor Linda Wootten, held a reception for Lt Col Guy Stone at the Guildhall on Monday evening to thank him for his service in the town.

Coun Wootten said: “It was a very successful evening. Our thanks go to Lt Col Stone. He has been very community focussed which has been nice. He really is an officer and a gentleman.”

Lt Col Stone, who was in charge of the barracks for more than two years, was presented with a caricature of himself drawn by Journal cartoonist Terry Shelbourne. Coun Wootten said he was ‘thrilled’ with the gift.

Lt Col Stone is now embarking on a six-month tour of duty in the Congo in Africa, before returning to the UK.

He was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1995 and served as a platoon commander in London and South Armagh. He later went on to serve in Germany, Bosnia and Iraq as well as a stin in the United States with the US Marine Corps.

Lt Col Stone presented Coun Wootten with an Army Shield. About 20 people attended the gathering including the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Jill Hughes.