A teenager from Red Lodge has realised his lifelong dream after becoming one of the youngest lorry drivers in the country.
Josh Clinton, 18, will be trucking along roads across Britain after passing his LGV C+E test, formerly known as the HGV Class One at the end of last month.
Passing the test means Josh, who was sponsored by Derek Cooper Transport, follows in the footsteps of his dad Mick, his two uncles and a cousin, who are all lorry drivers.
“Being a lorry driver is all I have ever wanted to do,” said Josh, who passed the test at the first time of asking.
“When Gary Cooper from Derek Cooper Transport said to me that I could take the test when I was 18 I said yes straight away.
“I was scared, as there was lot riding on it for me.
“If I hadn’t have passed it first time then I would have lost heart. Then when I was told that I had done it I actually cried.”
Although given the thumbs up by the examiner, the former Riverside Middle School pupil initially feared he might have failed, following an incident at a set of traffic lights.
“As I came up to a set of traffic lights with just yards to go, they turned amber – and by the time my trailer had gone through, the lights had turned to red,” said Josh.
“However, the examiner said that I had done the right thing as I was committed to the manoeuvre, and he said that had I have stopped, it could have caused an accident.”
Thrilled at seeing Josh achieve his lifelong ambition was his mum Kaye, who will be taking her own LGV C truck test after a week-long course, which starts on Monday.
“I am absolutely chuffed to bits for Josh,” said Kaye.
“He has always been crazy about wanting to do this.
“It is quite an achievement and we are all really proud of him.”
Gary Cooper, managing director of Derek Cooper Transport, was also delighted.
“I have known Josh and his family for a number of years and it is a brilliant achievement,” he said.
“We need more young people like Josh coming along to keep the industry going.”