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Saturday 23 August 2014

Islands to hold day of mourning

Published 10/04/2013 | 19:21

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The Liberation monument in Stanley, Falkland Islands.

The Falkland Islands will hold a public day of mourning next Wednesday as a mark of respect on the day of Baroness Thatcher's funeral, according to the Falkland Islands Government.

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A memorial service for Lady Thatcher will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Port Stanley, next Wednesday.

The service will be held at 2pm to give islanders the chance to watch the funeral service, held at St Paul's Cathedral, London, that morning.

The service will be broadcast live on the Falkland Islands Radio Service, and recorded by Falkland Islands Television.

In April 1982, Argentinian forces invaded the Falklands and South Georgia leading to Mrs Thatcher ordering a taskforce to sail to undertake what military experts feared was a dangerous gamble - fighting a war 8,000 miles from home.

The defeat of Argentina's Falkland Islands invaders on June 14 1982 marked both the summit and the greatest trauma of Margaret Thatcher's premiership and helped get her re-elected the following year.

She said: "What the Falklands proved was that we could still do it, and do it superbly.

"There was a feeling of colossal pride, of relief, that we could still do the things for which we were renowned.

"If anyone had told me at the beginning that we should send 27,000 men and over 100 ships, I wouldn't have believed it."

It was reported this week that Foreign Office figures have said the islands' capital, Port Stanley, should be renamed Port Margaret in memory of Baroness Thatcher. MPs and islanders have backed the idea as a tribute to the former Prime Minister.

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