Pangbourne College Commemorative Service: 11 June 2017
The 35th anniversary of the Falklands conflict was commemorated in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College on 11 June. The service was attended by HRH The Duke of York and about 900 veterans, their families and friends of the Falklands - and a bevy of senior officers from the Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy, both serving and retired.
The chapel, opened by HM The Queen in March 2000, seats 580; so on this occasion extra seating had to be provided in an extension marquee.
Pangbourne College, now in its centenary year, has a proud history of training officers for the Merchant Navy (and Royal Navy). Pupils wear naval uniform with RN cadet slides. Originally The Nautical College, Pangbourne, it was renamed Pangbourne College in 1969. The Queen has visited on several occasions, most recently with Prince Philip to attend the school’s centenary service on 9 May 2017. Every year, it hosts a service at the chapel to commemorate the 1982 conflict on the nearest Sunday to the date of the liberation of the Falkland Islands with the surrender of the occupying Argentine forces 14 June 1982.
The Falkland Islands Association (FIA) was represented by its Chairman, Alan Huckle, and it's Hon. Secretary, Tym Marsh.