Hundreds take part in Falklands reunion

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EXACTLY 30 years on veterans from 45 Commando came together at the weekend at RM Condor to remember the Falklands War.

Hundreds of men from as far a field as Thailand and New Zealand descended on the town to reunite and commemorate the South Atlantic conflict.

Reunion organiser George Mechen sets out the agenda for the weekend.

Reunion organiser George Mechen sets out the agenda for the weekend.

The event was organised by George Mechen, the sergeant major of Yankee Company at the time of the war, who spent many hours preparing for the big reunion.

Also present at the two-day event was guest of honour Major General Andrew Whitehead, the commanding officer of 45 Commando who led the unit on the 80-mile yomp on Two Sisters Hill during the conflict.

On Saturday the reunion began with welcoming speeches and a reception in the SNCO’s Mess, where a special Falklands cake was cut.

The veterans also had the opportunity to look at the new Condor Woodland Garden, which is a place of reflection within the base for men at 45 Commando.

Current Royal Marines also showed off modern weapons systems and a fireworks display was also enjoyed.

This was followed on Sunday by a march past of the veterans, with Major General Whitehead taking the salute.

Also remembered at the reunion were the 13 members of the unit who were killed in action during the conflict and a wreath was laid at the Falklands memorial in the main parade ground.

The new Woodland Garden in the base also includes a Falklands memorial stone to honour these men.

Three of those killed, Corporal Frank Spencer, Corporal Peter Fitton and Marine Paul Callan, are buried in Arbroath’s Western Cemetery.