Falklands flag flies in Portsmouth to mark the end of the deadly war

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THE Falklands flag flew proudly in Portsmouth yesterday for the first time in the city’s history.

Veterans from the conflict gathered in Guildhall Square to witness a flag-raising ceremony in salute of those killed in the conflict.

Civic leaders from the city, as well as a representative from the island, witnessed the brief service yesterday morning.

It came on the 34th anniversary of the end of the war.

City council leader Donna Jones hopes the event will grow into an annual commemoration in Portsmouth.

She said: ‘Events like this mean a lot to so many people.

‘The people of Portsmouth are very proud of their military heritage and of commemorations like today’s.’

The event was organised by Stephen Sedgewick’s group Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands are British.