THIS WEEK IN 1982: Patriotic crowds jam Portsmouth’s streets

Even at ground level at the Round Tower at Old Portsmouth space was a premium full of well-wishers
Even at ground level at the Round Tower at Old Portsmouth space was a premium full of well-wishers

THIS WEEK IN 1982: Angry dockyard men answer Nott’s call

With long gunnery gaiters and bayonets fixed to their rifles, we see Royal Marines changing guard  just inside Eastney Barracks' main gate. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: They’re changing the guard at Eastney Barracks

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Portsmouth’s pride bubbled over as crowds in their thousands turned out to give the task force a rousing send-off.

Flags hung from every building along a two-mile stretch of the seafront as flares filled the sky.

Traffic chaos paralysed the city centre.

About 5,000 people filled Gosport’s Ferry Gardens for the farewell.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Sorrell, the commander-in-chief naval home command admiral Sir James Eberle and the flag officer of Portsmouth rear-admiral Anthony Tippet watched the departure from an admiralty barge.

But it was the wives, families and sweethearts who felt full of emotion at the dramatic scene as they watched their loved ones sail towards the Falkland Islands.