Falklands parade for veterans

British soldiers during the Falkland Islands conflict.
British soldiers during the Falkland Islands conflict.
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VETERANS who led a historic attack during the Falklands War will mark the 30th anniversary of the conflict by holding a parade in Blackpool.

The 2nd Battalion Scots Guards led the surge at Mount Tumbledown, near Stanley, on June 13 1982 enabling British soldiers to overrun the invading Argentinian forces.

Nine soldiers lost their lives in the battle, including eight from the Scots Guards.

Thirty years later 250 veterans and their partners from the Scots Guards are visiting Blackpool this Sunday to mark the historic date.

Organisers are urging residents and veterans to turn out and support the parade.

Ex Guardsman Vince Campbell said: “We wanted to come to Blackpool to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falkland Conflict because of the way the resort looks after and honours our veterans.

“We are having a new standard being blessed at St John’s Church and we will be parading our standard with a march past and salute.

“We welcome all veterans to march with us behind our pipe and drum band and we are delighted the Mayor will take the salute.”

The service begins at noon at St John’s Church with the march from 1pm to the cenotaph via Clifton Street.

Mayor of Blackpool Coun Sylvia Taylor will take the salute outside the Town Hall and there will be a short service and wreath laying at the cenotaph.

Supporting Our Brave, whose patron is Falklands hero Simon Weston, is helping organisers.

Project manager Julian Mineur said: “We are honoured the Scots Guards Association has selected Blackpool to hold their 30th anniversary reunion.

“All veterans are invited to march with the Scots Guards and we hope the people of Blackpool will turn out in big numbers to show their support and appreciation of our Veterans who served in the defence of our country.”

Managing director of Marketing Blackpool Natalie Wyatt said: “It is an honour the Scots Guard Association has chosen to mark this important event by marching in Blackpool.

“We are very supportive of the Armed Forces in Blackpool which is why we are holding a whole week of events from June 23 to July 1 to mark the work of all our armed forces personnel whether in the past, present or future.”

For more information on Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week go to www.visitblackpool.com/forces.

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