Trafford pays tribute for 40th anniversary of Falklands War

A memorial service for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War is to take place in Trafford.

Veterans of the 1982 conflict, will be joined by members of the Armed Forces, cadets and civic dignitaries – including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham – to pay their respects to those who lost their lives fighting to take back the islands on behalf of its residents.

The service takes place at St Paul’s Church, Sale, on Sunday 19 June, with the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Chris Boyes also in attendance.

Cllr Boyes said:

“It will be a privilege to represent our borough at this memorial service. It is important that we pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the conflict, to those who still suffer as a result of the war, and also to honour all our Armed Forces for the service they provide in keeping our country safe.”

The Falklands War took place from 2 April to 15 June. In total, 907 people died in the conflict, including 255 British servicemen and three female Falkland Island civilians.

Following the service, a parade will take place from St Paul’s to the War Memorial, where there will be an Act of Remembrance and wreath laying, led by the Rev Rebecca Mathew.

Cllr Boyes added:

“As part of the Council’s Armed Services Covenant, it’s important we honour the past so that we can maintain our promise to support the Armed Forces community working and residing in Trafford. We must recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces community, particularly those who have given the most.”

Posted on Friday 17th June 2022