Falklands reunion set for Condor

FORMER Royal Marines are to descend on Arbroath from all four corners of the globe to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.

On the weekend of June 9 and 10, RM Condor will be the venue for a reunion of members of 45 Commando who were deployed to the Falklands in 1982.

The event is being organised by Sergeant Major Mike George Mechen, of the Royal Marines Association, who has been arranging a programme of events for the anniversary weekend for two years.

And already around 250 veterans will be attending the reunion with some coming from as far as the Philippines, New Zealand and Thailand, where they now live.

And Mr Mechen has been overwhelmed with the response of how many ex-marines are wanting to attend.

He said: “It is a privilege for me to be organising this and it is going to be a great occasion.

“It is like sending out a rallying call to the 45 Commando of 1982 and I know there will be great banter backwards and forwards when we all meet up again.

“We even have an ex-Marine chef coming over from Russia who is making a special cake for the occasion.

“We have a reunion every five years but we knew with the 30th anniversary we would have to do something special.”

Events planned for the weekend include a viewing of the Woodlands Remembrance Garden and a book signing by Brigadier I. Gardiner who penned the book ‘The Yompers’.

There will also be a fireworks display set to a performance by the Royal Marines Band who are in big demand this year.

A march past will also take place on the Sunday with the salute being taken by the Commanding Officer of 45 Commando at the time of the Falklands War, Major General A.F. Whitehead CD, DSO.

Mr Mechen added: “The RSM and Colonel at Condor at the moment are aware of the importance of this weekend and they have supported us all the way.

“Ever since we started taking numbers for the event my inbox has been in overdrive and we are now all looking forward to a big weekend.”

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