Falklands 40: Live updates on commemorations for veterans, their families and Armed Forces members across Portsmouth and Hampshire

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Sunday, 19th June 2022, 9:32 am

The Falklands War was a conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom, which lasted between April 2 and June 14, 1982.

To mark those who gallantly served our country, and their families, commemoration events will be taking place across Portsmouth and Hampshire.

This procession of events will mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict.

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Dozens of Falklands veterans were given a rousing welcome to Portsmouth by the Royal Marines Band to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War. Picture: Sarah Standing (170622-119)

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Current servicemen from the Royal Navy, British Army, and RAF, will be present at many of them.

Some of the commemorations have already started.

More than a 100 veterans gathered on the steps of the Guildhall to watch the stunning Beating Retreat display by the world-acclaimed Royal Marines Band.

Dozens of Falklands veterans were given a rousing welcome to Portsmouth by the Royal Marines Band to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War. Picture: Sarah Standing (170622-173)

The News will have reporters at several of these events.

To keep updated throughout our coverage, you can follow our live blog at the bottom of this article.

You can look back at some of the key moments from Saturday.

To stay fully informed and updated, check back throughout the day.

Live updates from Falklands War commemorations across the Portsmouth area

Last updated: Saturday, 18 June, 2022, 17:08

  • Events for ex-servicemen and veterans are scheduled for this weekend.
  • Some commemoration events have already taken place in Portsmouth.
  • The News will have reporters at events over the weekend.

Welcome to the Falklands War anniversary live blog

Welcome to the Falklands War commemorations live blog.

The News will have reporters at events across the weekend, which mark the sacrificies given by ex-servicemen, veterans, and their families.

Photographs and videos from several events will be posted, as well as all the latest news regarding the commemorations.

Make sure to check in to stay up to date.

Falklands heroes receive rousing welcome at Portsmouth Guildhall

Over 100 veterans gathered at the steps of the Guildhall yesterday to watch the stunning Beating Retreat display.

It was performed by the world-renowned Royal Marines Band, and some of the veterans were reduced to tears.

Dozens of Falklands veterans were given a rousing welcome to Portsmouth by the Royal Marines Band to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War. Picture: Sarah Standing (170622-173)

Falklands War Parade

Veterans of the conflict, from all branches of the military, are expected to join a parade in Old Portsmouth.

They will march through Broad Street, and up to the Falklands Memorial.

Organisers have hinted up to 800 people could be involved.

Portsmouth road closures this weekend

Many roads in Portsmouth will be closed to allow for Falklands War memorial events to take place.

Here is the full list of closures, where they are, and how long they will be closed for.

Prime Minister Falklands Task Force Tribute

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the ‘incredible daring and bravery’ of the Falklands War task force that departed from Portsmouth in 1982.

Veterans, civilians and bereaved family members attended a service in Staffordshire this week.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) lays a wreath during a memorial event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War at The National Memorial Arboretum on June 14, 2022 in Stafford, England. Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Youngest Commando In Falklands War Paid Tribute To Father

A Royal Marine, who the youngest Commando in the Falklands War, and who cheated death during the conflict, paid tribute to his father.

Ian Tennant hailed his dad as his ‘guardian angel’.

Mr Tennant was part of a small team of Marines embarked on Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Antrim.

Ian Tennant, pictured in the centre in the green woollen jumper, on a pontoon on South Georgia having been part of the operation to liberate the island from Argentine invaders in 1982

Falklands War Reflections By Commando Chaplain

in 1982, Rev Godfrey Hilliard was chaplain to 40 Commando, the Royal Marines who were among the first troops ashore on the Falkland Islands.

Rev Godfrey Hilliard was chaplain to 40 Commando, the Royal Marines who were among the first troops ashore on the Falkland Islands. He is pictured, right, talking to troops on the Falkland

Falklands War Memorial Benches & Plaque Unveiled

Falklands veteran Barrie Jones, who organised fundraising for two memorial benches and a plaque, has unveiled them at The Square Tower, in Old Portsmouth, alongside councillor Steve Pitt.

Mr Jones said: ‘I’m proud as punch.’

Falklands veteran Barrie Jones unveils memorial benches in Old Portsmouth.
One of the Falklands memorial benches unveiled in Old Portsmouth.

Falklands War Memorial Benches & Plaque Unveiled

The benches and plaque were unveiled in a ceremony attended by veterans.

One of the Falklands memorial benches, unveiled in Old Portsmouth.

On this day, relief ships left Portsmouth in the aftermath of the Falklands War.

This included HMS Birmingham and HMS Southampton.

HMS Southampton steams past the Round Tower on her way to the South Atlantic on June 18, 1982. The News PP4135
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