Around 150 gather on Clacton seafront for 35th anniversary of Falklands War

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017

One of the youngest standard bearers in the country took part in a special service on Clacton seafront today to mark the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War.

NJ Jones-Turner, 14, is a student at Tendring Technology College and lives in Thorpe, and carried the standard of the Manningtree and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

The teenager, who was attending his second service in the role, was joined by eight other standards and around 150 veterans, organisations, Tendring District Councillors and residents at the War Memorial on Marine Parade West.

The service was organised by the Clacton British Legion with support from Tendring District Council (TDC).

The ceremony included a reading by TDC Chairman Mark Platt, prayers, laying of wreaths, and Last Post and Reveille played by trumpeter Floyd Davis.

The service was conducted by Rev David Lower with Jamie Robinson as Parade Marshall.

A number of wreaths were laid, including one by President of Clacton Royal British Legion Dan Casey and another by Cllr Platt.

Mr Casey said: “It was a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the Falklands and all those who took part in the conflict.

“It was good to see us veterans joined by some younger people such as NJ and I thank everyone who attended the service.”

There were eight veterans present who had been awarded South Atlantic medals for their part in the Falklands War and a roll of honour was read out of those who had lost their lives in the war.

The Falklands War took place between April and June 1982 following an invasion of the islands by the Argentine military junta.

The islands are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom and voted overwhelmingly to remain so in 2013.

The Falklands War began when Argentina invaded and captured Port Stanley. Following fighting on both land and sea the British Forces regained control.

Almost 650 Argentine soldiers were killed and more than 250 British service personnel died.

Last updated on: 14/06/2017 - 16:11