A TIRELESS Royal Navy engineer is finally home after walking 250 miles from his Scottish base for charity to mark his retirement.
Dave Stout, known as Yorkie, set off from Faslane naval base, north of Glasgow, on February 24 after handing in his warrant card at the end of 30 years of service.
The 47-year-old Petty Officer’s gruelling trek has so far raised around £2,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the money is still rolling in.
His wife Heather said: “I’m very, very proud of what my husband has done and I’m glad to have him home.
“His feet are a bit battered and bruised now, there are a few blisters and he is still hobbling about a bit.”
Mr Stout completed the walk with his loyal West Highland White Terrier, Flint.
He was also joined by friends, family and colleagues who took it in turns to keep him company.
Among them was one of his his best friends, Paul Abbey.
“He was there when Yorkie left to join the Navy 30 years ago and he wanted to be there when he left,” said Heather.
Friends, family and his scooter club, Phoenix Bradford, welcomed him home to Queensbury with a party at his local pub, the George III, on Saturday.
Yorkie hopes to have raised £100 for every year he has been in the Royal Navy once all the cash has been collected.
His chosen charity supports serving and former naval personnel and their families in times of hardship or distress.
To help him reach his £3,000 target visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/YorkieStout.