Falklands parade held at the Square Tower

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AROUND 350 veterans took part in a parade and memorial service to mark the 30-year anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

The parade, which was hosted by the Portsmouth South branch of the Royal British Legion, took place at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, today.

Veterans from HMS Glamorgan – the navy destroyer hit by a missile on June, 12, 1982, just two days before the Argentine surrender – led the parade.

This was followed by a service in Portsmouth Cathedral, in St Thomas’s Street, Old Portsmouth.

Arthur Nelson, vice chairman of the Portsmouth British legion, said: ‘The parade saw about 300 to 400 veterans take part, followed by a 20 minute service at the Square Tower.

‘It all went very well.

‘Afterwards everyone came back to the office in Lucknow Street, Fratton, for the memorial to continue.’

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