40th anniversary of the Falklands War remembered in Crediton

By Sue Read   |   Senior Reporter   |
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 6:00 am
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Most of the people who were representing organisations.  SR 2505
Most of the people who were representing organisations. SR 2505 (Crediton Courier )

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EVEN though it had not been possible to stop the traffic during the ceremony at Crediton Town and Hamlets War Memorial in Crediton, it was noticed and appreciated that a number of vehicles slowed and cruised past more quietly.

The rare times when there was a complete break in traffic was even better.

Forty years ago on June 14 saw the end of the 10-week Falklands War.  At 11am on June 14 this year, people gathered at the War Memorial on Union Road to remember that date.

Crediton Town Band member, Chris Richards, sounded the bugle for the start and end of the two minutes’ silence.  Prayers were said by the Rector of Crediton, the Rev Matthew Tregenza.

The wreath was laid by Pam Atkinson a serving member of the RAF based in Buckinghamshire, with Eric Halliday of Crediton representing his son, Chris, a survivor from HMS Coventry.  Eric is a former RAF member.

Another was Russell Sims of Crediton who served in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Fearless.  The fourth was Mike Davis of REME, Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, who lives at New Buildings.

Those who layed the wreaths represented The Army, The Royal Navy, The RAF and also the Marines, who all served in the Falklands War.

• See more images in the issue of the Crediton Courier on sale on Thursday, June 23.

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