The service and hospitality was brilliant

All the couple knew about the boy was that his name was Zac and he wanted to join the army when he turned 17.

They were surprised when they opened Wednesday's Herald to find the Opihi Services Academy student pictured training at the Bay.

"We just want to say a big thank you and we hope he does well in the army. He's the sort of person the army would benefit from," Mr Totton said.

The academy trains at-risk 16 and 17-year-olds for the armed services or further education.

The Tottons were also impressed with the service they received at the Timaru Hospital accident and emergency room and Timaru Dental Care. "We got seen to straight away. The service and hospitality was brilliant," Mrs Totton said.

Read the full story on the Timaru Herald website.