THERE were emotional scenes at Blackpool Cenotaph on Sunday as the Tumbledown Veterans Association marked the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
More than 300 people, including veterans from the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and their families, gathered for the organisation’s first annual commemorative weekend.
And on Sunday, the veterans proudly displayed their own flag for the first time as they led a procession from St John’s Square to the Cenotaph for a service.
Organiser Vince Campbell said: “We’ve had a fantastic welcome from Blackpool.
“It was wonderful and there was a great deal of emotion and even a few tears when we all met. For the veterans it was great all coming together – we hope to make it an annual event.”
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the assault on Mount Tumbledown. The Scots Guards played a huge part in the close-quarters night battle and succeeded in driving Argentinian forces from the mountain.
Crowds waving Union Flags lined the streets as the procession set off on its march. A pipe band led the veterans and their families to the Cenotaph where a wreath laying ceremony was held.
They were joined by standard bearers from Fylde Ex Serviceman’s Community Association.
Attendee Bruck Kilshaw, 54, from South Wales said: “When you remember back, you realise how very long those who lost their lives were.
“They were the youth of their day so remembering them is very emotional.
“It is lovely to all come together in Blackpool like this.”
Jim Peters, 49 from London added: “This has been a fantastic weekend.”
Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Sylvia Taylor said: “It has been a huge honour for Blackpool to welcome the Tumbledown Veterans and their families.”