HMS Illustrious 1982 crew reunion a ‘spectacular success’

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THE reunion of HMS Illustrious’ 1982 crew has been coined a ‘spectacular success’ by organisers.

Admiral Sir Jock Slater, the first captain of Illustrious, presented more than 100 veterans with their South Atlantic Medal – a badge of recognition to commemorate the team’s work after the Falklands War.

PRESENTATION Admiral Sir Jock Slater, right, presents a medal to Ted Hackett

PRESENTATION Admiral Sir Jock Slater, right, presents a medal to Ted Hackett

Celebrations started with the medal ceremony in the morning and continued in the evening with a turn out of over 200 veterans and their families.

The night featured a performance from 1980s tribute band Back to Skool whose drummer was a former member of the Illustrious fleet.

David Rogers, organiser of the reunion, said: ‘It was an incredible evening and quite emotional having these old friends back together again.

‘We’ve had lots of emails thanking us for organising the day and saying how fantastic it was.

PRESENTATION Admiral Sir Jock Slater, right, presents a medal to John Trewby

PRESENTATION Admiral Sir Jock Slater, right, presents a medal to John Trewby

‘It would be great to plan for the future and continue to get together regularly, possibly every three to four years or even every other year.’

PRESENTATION Admiral Sir Jock Slater, right, presents a medal to John Smith

PRESENTATION Admiral Sir Jock Slater, right, presents a medal to John Smith

PROUD DAY Ian White, Stan Stallard, Jack Cant, Cliff Hardcastle  (150411-4742)

PROUD DAY Ian White, Stan Stallard, Jack Cant, Cliff Hardcastle (150411-4742)

FAMILY TIES Cliff Hardcastle, left, was on HMS Illustrious when she sailed to the Falklands and his son Tom Hardcastle, right, was on the last draft of HMS Illustrious before she was decommissioned  (150411-4775)

FAMILY TIES Cliff Hardcastle, left, was on HMS Illustrious when she sailed to the Falklands and his son Tom Hardcastle, right, was on the last draft of HMS Illustrious before she was decommissioned (150411-4775)