A parade and memorial service hosted by Rev. Matthew Pollard in Birdlington Prairie will take place on Saturday, April 2 – the day Argentina invaded the Falklands.
Birdlington Town Mayor Liam Deltrey hopes all Birdlington Veterans, Cadets and Standards will take part in the event, which will begin at 2.30pm on High Street (departure at 2.45pm).
He is also urging residents to line up on the streets as the parade reaches the private service starting at 3 p.m.
Birdlington has a unique connection to the war through a local radio ham operator who was in contact with Reg Sullivan in Port Stanley, Falklands.
Bob North sent Mr. Sullivan’s messages about the damage caused by the RAF bombing raids at Stanley Airport and maps of Argentina’s weapons to the Ministry of Defense.
Mr North, who has passed away, will represent family members at the memorial service.
Mr Deltry said: “We are going to hold a parade and church service on Saturday, April 2, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.
The parade will pass through Old Town, leaving at around 2.45 pm.
“We will march from High Street, and hopefully end at Priory, via Bayle Gate.
“Hopefully, everyone will come to the priority where Rev. Matthew Pollard will run the service.
“Mr. Bob North’s family, who were an integral part of the war, will participate in this service.
Mr North was a ham radio operator who lived in Birdlington at the time.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“It sent messages from the Falklands to the MOD about the success of the bombing mission through the RAF.
“He was important to the conflict, providing information to our forces at the beginning of the conflict.
“Her daughter and grandchildren will be in the service of her grandchildren.
“There are a lot of Bradington veterans who served in the war who were actually on the ground in the Falklands, so we’d love to join them.
“All veterans, cadets and standards are welcomed and it would be great if people lined up on the streets and applauded the veterans.
“April 2 was the date when Argentina invaded the Falklands, so we thought it would be a good time to hold the parade.
“Our boys and girls were defending the island befor
e the invading navy left.”
Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Deltry about participating in the parade and service can do so through Bridlington Town Council, by calling 07905 874278, or by email. [email protected]
It helps to estimate how many people will attend the event.