Falklands 40th Commemoration Ceremony

29-May-2022 at 11:00


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Falklands veterans will march through Gosport on Sunday 29 May, when the town hosts a national commemoration service and parade to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict.

At 10.35am there will be a civic procession from the Town Hall to the gardens. The service will start at 11am, and will include an address by Falklands veteran Rev Godfrey Hilliard, a Royal Marines chaplain in 1982. During a roll call, floral tributes will be laid in memory of the 255 task force members and three Falkland Islands civilians who lost their lives in the conflict.

After the service there will be a parade through the High Street, with members of the Falklands Veterans Foundation exercising their freedom rights to march through the town. The parade will be led by the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth. HMS Sultan will provide an armed guard, a serving veterans platoon and a class for street lining. Platoons of cadets representing the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy, the Army and Sea Cadets based in Gosport will also participate.

A salute will be taken by the Mayor of Gosport, the Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire and Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

A reception for veterans and invited guests will follow.

The Gosport Ferry will be suspended during the event, with the last crossing from Gosport at 10am and from Portsmouth at 10.07am.  The service will resume from Gosport at 12pm and from Portsmouth at 12.07pm. For latest updates see https://www.gosportferry.co.uk

Between 9am and 3pm, access to the South Street car park, next to Bemister’s Lane, will be restricted to veterans attending the event. Locations of car parks for other visitors can be seen at www.gosport.gov.uk/falklandscarparking

The bus station will be closed from 8.30am until 1pm. Services into town will turn right into Shaftesbury Road, the left along to South Street, terminating in South Street near the park. After waiting there, they will service the stop at Morrisons on their journey out of town. For latest updates see www.firstbus.co.uk

Between 10am and 12.30pm South Street will be closed east of its junction with Haslar Road, and Mumby Road will be closed east of its junction with Minnitt Road.  Signed diversions will be in place.

The taxi rank at the ferry will be relocated to the Minnit Road (North) car park until the roads have been re-opened.