Cash to help Gosport Falklands veterans mark 30 years

SUPPORTER Cllr Mark Hook
SUPPORTER Cllr Mark Hook
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VETERANS will march through Gosport to commemorate 30 years since the Falklands War.

A service will be held in the town’s Falklands Gardens, followed by a march through the High Street by Falklands veterans.

The veterans will be supported by platoons from Gosport’s various military establishments.

A cash boost from Hampshire County Council will help fund the event on May 27.

The county council leader, Cllr Ken Thornber, yesterday awarded funding of £5,000 to Gosport Borough Council to help pay for the service.

The leader of Gosport’s council, Cllr Mark Hook, said: ‘We are delighted Hampshire County Council has decided to support this important event which means so much to Gosport residents and Falkland veterans worldwide. Many of those who served in the Falklands War lived in Gosport.

‘Gosport has a long and proud association with the services which is why it was important to us to provide somewhere for the families and colleagues to remember those who sadly didn’t return.

‘That is why we hold these important ceremonies which allow families and friends to remember those lost.’

Veterans will gather at the town’s bus station in South Street from 10am.

A ceremony will take place in the nearby gardens at 11am before the march through High Street. For details visit gosport.gov.uk/local-events.