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Haverhill paid its respects on the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War



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Haverhill Town Council held a short service at 11am last Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War.

Alison McRobb performed a clarinet rendition of The Crags of Mount Tumbledown, a piece composed by Pipe Major James Riddell during the famous battle in the conflict on June 13, 1982.

He composed the piece on the back of a ration packet and after the battle was won and the mountain retaken from the Argentines, he famously played the first rendition of his new composition from the top of Mount Tumbledown.

A service was held in Haverhill on Saturday, June 18 to mark the 40th years since the end of the Falklands War. Contributed picture
A service was held in Haverhill on Saturday, June 18 to mark the 40th years since the end of the Falklands War. Contributed picture

Mayor of Haverhill Cllr Bruce Davidson, and his consort Cllr Elaine McManus, attended, as did veterans, the Royal British Legion and Cllr Mike Chester, the chair of West Suffolk Council. The Rev Max Drinkwater led the service.

The Falklands flag will fly on the market square until this Saturday.

Cllr Davidson said at the service: “The 14th of June marked the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from the illegal Argentinian occupation, by a British Task Force.

“During the bloody 10 week conflict, 8,000 miles from these shores, 255 British lives were lost. Many were wounded. Some sadly still bear their physical and mental scars. Today we will be reflecting on all those lives that were lost and also those that have suffered, due to that war, many years ago in the South Atlantic.”

Cllr Davidson added later: “It was my honour to take part. Forty years after the conflict I was moved to remember the struggles and sacrifices of our armed forces personnel.”