Portsmouth parade honours the Falklands fallen

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FALKLANDS War veterans marched through Old Portsmouth this morning to honour fallen comrades during the 30th anniversary of the conflict.

After a remembrance service at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral at 11.15am, wreaths were laid at the Falklands memorial plaque near the Square Tower before dozens of veterans marched back up the High Street.

Falklands veterans on parade Picture: Paul Jacobs (121591-13)

Falklands veterans on parade Picture: Paul Jacobs (121591-13)

Among those paying tribute to the 253 British lives lost in the 74-day campaign against Argentina was retired Commander Steve Hopper, 50, who served aboard the Type 22 frigate HMS Broadsword.

He said: ‘I feel this is important as 30 years ago I was down in the South Atlantic with lots of people, some of whom didn’t come back.

‘Thirty years ago is a long time and for a lot of people it’s like watching the World War Two news but it’s still very alive for me.

‘The Falklands was my first experience of combat as a young naval officer and it will always be something that sticks in my mind.’

For a full report, see The News on Monday.