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Service to mark the end of the Falklands War held in Stowmarket

Falkland islander Lidda Luxton (front centre) with veterans of the conflict and dignitaries at Stowmarket’s memorial gates. Picture: ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION STOWMARKET

Falkland islander Lidda Luxton (front centre) with veterans of the conflict and dignitaries at Stowmarket’s memorial gates. Picture: ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION STOWMARKET

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More than a hundred people attended a Stowmarket church service to mark the end of the Falklands War 35 years ago.

A small group of Falklands veterans were among the visitors to St Peter and St Mary’s Church for the service of commemoration on Friday, June 16.

The war, which saw 74 days of bitter fighting to re-take the islands after an Argentine invasion in 1982, claimed the lives of 255 British servicemen, 3 Falkland islanders, and 649 Argentinian soldiers.

Pete Chivers, who was with the Royal Navy during the conflict, gave a reading, followed by Lidda Luxton – a Falkland islander who now lives in Stowmarket.

After the service, the congregation, escorted by sea and air cadets, made their way to the town’s memorial gates to lay wreaths and observe a minute’s silence.

A buffet was then held at Stowmarket’s Royal British Legion Club, and proceeds from the sale of remembrance booklets and a raffle raised more than £500 for the South Atlantic Medal Association charity, which continues to care for veterans of the conflict.

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