Captain left out of special honours list

Bet Lynch
Bet Lynch
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Elsewhere in The News that grey October day we reported that Captain Sam Salt, the Chichester-based commanding officer of HMS Sheffield was ‘not disappointed’ to be left out of a special honours list for those who fought in the Falklands’ campaign.

His Portsmouth-based destroyer was sunk after a direct hit from an Exocet missile and 20 of his men died.

Sam Salt

Sam Salt

He said: ‘I am not at all disappointed. I did not expect a pat on the back for losing my ship.’

Portsmouth Polytechnic students started a week of protest against the government’s proposed cuts in spending and hundreds of Gosport children were sent home from school suffering from impetigo.

Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy was fined £100 with £7 costs by Basingstoke magistrates after admitting driving at 110mph on the M3. He kept his licence.

That day The News ran an interesting advertisement from the Mary Rose Trust giving readers the chance to ‘own an actual piece of the Mary Rose’ for £24.95.

The News Shop – a convenience store in North Street, Emsworth, was due to be opened the next day by Radio 1 DJ Paul Burnett.

And on television that night Bet Lynch ‘had her suspicions’ about Alf Roberts in Corrie and Alec Guinness was appearing in an adaptation of John Le Carre’s Smiley’s People.