The reason I never made it to last year’s reunion.
On Wednesday 16th May, along with 2 friends from Hull, Alan Taylor (Royal Signal Regiment) and Mike Harman (HMS Hecla) we travelled to RAF Brize Norton for a flight to the Falkland Islands. After a slight delay we took off at 0110 and after a brief stopover at Cape
The weather on arrival was a slight flutter of snow but that soon cleared and for most of our time there (except one day) it remained relatively dry and
Monday 21st May 2018
I’m glad to say they were correct and we woke early to a dry but slightly chilly day. We drove down in a convoy of many cars from Port Stanley to San Carlos for the Landings Day Service at Blue Beach
It was a very moving service and extremely well attended by many of the islanders as well as
Tuesday 22nd May 2018
We spent at the museum and visiting the new
Wednesday 23rd we hosted a
landlord and landlady of the Victory bar. The night was a great success and enjoyed by all. The morning after I woke to the following e-mail:
Thank you for last night. It was a great evening (the food was delicious…..already had a quiet word with Immigration, and you’re staying mate!) Please pass on my regards to Mike, Alan and Peter.
I look forward to meeting you all again next
Kindest regards, Alex Mitham, Acting Governor, Government House, Falkland Islands
Thursday 24th May 2018
We drove to Mare Harbour the berth of HMS Clyde to present some hip flasks on behalf of the Argonaut association for
Friday 25th May 2018
We visited Port San Carlos then were driven up to Fanning Head to pay our respects to the two that were killed on HMS Argonaut. Saturday & Sunday we spent on wildlife visits
Monday 28th May 2018
We went to the 1982 memorial in Stanley to lay our wreaths and remember the fallen, this
discussed in depth the proposal of the return to Hull of the Viola which is a steam trawler requisitioned for the First World War and has remained in South Georgia since then.
Tuesday 29th May 2018
Saw a very early start for our journey to MPA and our onward journey home.
All in all it was an excellent trip with very mixed emotions. The islanders are so welcoming and I reckon will remain forever grateful for the sacrifices made in 1982.