Surprise! Navy recruit's shock as mum flies from Caribbean to Cornwall for passing out parade

Quaci Crosby had no idea his mum would be at the parade Credit: BFBS

A Royal Navy recruit got a big surprise when his mum turned up for his passing-out parade - after a fellow trainee paid for her flight from the Caribbean.

Quaci Crosby was among a group of sailors celebrating the end of their training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint.

He had no idea his mum, Althea, would be among the families and friends invited to the parade.

Unknown to him, his classmate Cameron Hawes had secretly paid for and organised his mum’s flight so she could be there for her son’s big day.

Althea flew all the way from the Caribbean to be at the parade Credit: BFBS

Recruit Cameron's mum Sarah arranged and covered the cost of Mrs Crosby’s transport to Plymouth and her accommodation. She also enlisted other families to help host Mrs Crosby during her stay in the UK.

His generosity later earned him a surprise of his own when he was presented with a commendation by HMS Raleigh’s Commanding Officer, Captain Rich Harris, during the passing-out parade.

Althea said she was nervous and excited Credit: BFBS