Service to mark Falklands 30th anniversary

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PORTSMOUTH Anglican Cathedral will host a memorial service on Sunday, May 6 to mark 30 years since the war in the Falkland Islands.

The service at 11.15am will be attended by hundreds of military personnel who fought in the South Atlantic in 1982 and will be led by Falklands veteran Canon Roger Devonshire who served as a naval chaplain on board HMS Hermes during the conflict.

He said: ‘It was one of the defining experiences of my life, without any shadow of a doubt. It made me rethink a lot of things about life and faith.

‘I imagine when I preach in the cathedral, it will bring back memories of getting very close to people, the friendships I formed, and the questions I was asked.’

The service will conclude with a Royal Marines band marching to the Square Tower where a wreath will be laid at the Falklands Memorial which lists the names of those from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Navy who died in the 74-day war.