An open air service to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict is being held at 11:00 on Saturday 18th June 2022. The service will take place in the town’s Falklands Gardens which is located on Goal Square Island. The event has been organised by the Stafford Branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) in collaboration with Stafford Borough Council. The Reverend John Davis MBE, the RBL Stafford Branch Chaplain, will lead the service in prayers and a bugler will play the ‘Last Post’ to conclude proceedings
Representatives from the armed forces, past and present, will be joined by the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Philip Leason MBE, and other civic dignitaries for the brief open-air service. And the RBL are inviting residents to join the commemorations on the day
The Falklands Garden was created on the town centre’s Gaol Square island following the conflict. A service was hosted in 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary.
Mick Garrett MBE, Public Relations Officer for the Stafford Branch of the RBL was a 25-year-old Corporal in the Royal Air Force and remembers the frightening conditions with the thoughts of their ship being attacked by a submarine or exocet missile as they entered the ‘exclusion zone’.
He said: “I have already been overwhelmed with the messages of support I have had about the service this weekend from groups across the country representing former servicemen and women.
“I hope the weather is kind to us and we see a good turnout to remember those who lost their lives, and those still suffering, as the town marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.
Stafford FM will be broadcasting the service live on their social media page: (1) Stafford FM | Facebook