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My three wishes... Mum wants her boys and son-in-law home safe from Afghanistan.

Byline: LINDSEY MUSSETT

A TEESSIDE mum is hoping 2011 will bring her two sons and son-in-law safely home from war-torn Afghanistan.

Jacqui Bishop from Marske was one of many Gazette readers to leave messages of support for troops serving abroad - but she had more reasons than most to wish the forces well.

For the former military postwoman had not just one family member away over Christmas - but three.

And while Jacqui is used to having eldest son Peter Colley, 32, away - as he has served as a postal and courier operator with The Royal Logistic Corps, since he joined up aged just 17 - this time her younger son and son-in-law were also stationed abroad.

Craftsman (Cfn) Scott Colley, 27, serves with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) attached to the Paras, and Lance Corporal Scott Sadler, who is married to Jacqui's daughter Tracey, was also posted in Afghanistan for the festive period.

Jacqui, 53, said: "We miss them all, of course. But we expected it and we're used to it.

"The military runs in the family." And it does - in fact, Jacqui herself once worked in the same job that Peter, a staff sergeant who is married with three children, now does.

She delivered vital documents across war zones as well as eagerly awaited "blueys" - letters from home to the troops.

Jacqui, who is married to John, 56, added: "I've done Bosnia; I was in the TA and I was a postie and courier, just like Peter.

"I know how important his job is. Peter's been in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan three times.

"But for the two Scotts it was the first time they'd been away for Christmas, and their first time in Afghanistan, though they've both been to Iraq."

Jacqui, who now works for Royal Mail, and John spent Christmas day at her nephew's house, but she said they would celebrate together when all three boys return home.

She added: "As long as they come home safely, that's all that matters."

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APART: Jacqui Bishop, far right, her three children Scott Colley, Tracey Sadler and Peter Colley, above, and Tracey's husband Scott, right Main picture by IAN COOPER
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:Jan 6, 2011
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