Wednesday, November 7th 2012 - 21:38 UTC

MP Mark Lancaster will represent UK government at Falklands’ Remembrance ceremonies

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster will be in the Falkland Islands for Remembrance Sunday as the British Government’s representative. HRH the Duke of Kent will also be attending the ceremonies.

MP Lancaster is a junior minister in the Ministry of Defence and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Forces.

Usually in Newport Pagnell for the Remembrance ceremonies at the town’s memorial, the MP for Milton Keynes North, who is a member of the Territorial Army, will this year be laying a wreath at the memorial in Stanley.

Britain traditionally sends a Minister to represent the Government each year to the Falklands and this year Mr Lancaster has been selected because of his junior minister role in the Ministry of Defence and his continuing service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Forces.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war which followed the Argentine invasion of the Islands, and it is expected that more than 50 veterans will be flying to the Islands as part of the commemorations.

Mr Lancaster said:” I would normally never miss Remembrance Sunday in Newport Pagnell but I am deeply honoured to be asked to represent the British Government in the Falklands.

“Given the significance of the commemorations this year I think it is absolutely the right thing to do and sends a clear message to the Islanders as to the strength of support the have here in the UK.”

Mr Lancaster will be attending ceremonies at Port Stanley, Goose Green, the site of one of the major battles of the war, as well as a service of remembrance at Stanley Cathedral during his five-day trip.

According to the Falklands government program, Remembrance Sunday begins with a Memorial Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Stanley. This will be followed by a parade of Guard Detachments representing the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and a Detachment from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.

The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland will lead the parade. They will be joined by Veterans and Associations and begin their march to the Cross of Sacrifice at the local cemetery.

A short service will then be held and the Roll of Honour read out and there will be two minutes silence at 11.00 am marked by the firing of the saluting guns on Victory Green.

The Duke of Kent, MLA Dick Sawle, the Commander British Forces, and FIG official guests will lay wreaths, followed by representatives of the Armed Services, Falkland Islands Defence Force, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal British Legion.


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1 Joe Bloggs (#) Nov 07th, 2012 - 09:54 pm Report abuse
We look forward to welcoming you mr Lancaster.

No fat boy seats going spare this week.
2 briton (#) Nov 07th, 2012 - 11:15 pm Report abuse
Britain traditionally sends a Minister to represent the Government each year to the Falklands and this year Mr Lancaster has been selected
Again showing our commitment and loyally to the Falklands.
3 Boovis (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 07:01 am Report abuse
“”Aah, they're ministerising the south atlantic!!”
4 Rufus (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 08:49 am Report abuse
@3 Boovis, ouch, good one...

Probably quite a good choice by London, and even potentially useful: He's a qualified EOD officer with the TA, so he'll probably want the minefield tour while he's there.

He's also a reasonable batsman (he's one of the opening batsmen for the House of Commons cricket team), and it must be nearly the season?
5 Pete Bog (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 10:32 am Report abuse
No doubt another military parade (especially with the bootneck band present) will be another reason for Timmidman to go to NY to winge about militarising the South Atlantic to the UN.

So nice to see UK continue to support the FI s and great that 50 veterans are going, where they will get a great welcome.
6 falklandlad (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 12:47 pm Report abuse
@3, I think you miss the point, which perhaps is not well set out in the article, but Mr Lancaster is a strictly a “guest” of the Falkland Islands Government to attend the Falkland Islands Remembrance Services, while the Falkland Islands people host near 60 returning veterans and family members of veterans who are visiting for the first time since they fought for and returned our Freedom in 1982.
7 Furry-Fat-Feck (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 02:53 pm Report abuse
@3 Boovis (#)
Nov 08th, 2012 - 07:01 am

8 Rufus (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 04:31 pm Report abuse
@6 FalklandLad

Read Boovis' comment @3 again, slowly.
9 Conqueror (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
I wish I could be there. Not easy to save when you're retired. BUT. Greatest respect to the Falkland Islanders, the 255 British servicemen that gave their lives, the 775 who were wounded. To the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force. As always, the BEST of the BEST. So many to remember. 2 & 3 PARA. 40, 42 & 45 Commando, Royal Marines. 1/7 Gurkhas. 2 Scots and 1 Welsh Guards. THE SAS. The Submarine Service. Most especially to the ships' companies of HMS Sheffield, Glasgow, Antrim, Ardent, Antelope, Coventry, Fearless. Vessels of the RFA. The crew of the ATLANTIC CONVEYOR. The 5th Infantry Brigade. 800, 801 and 809 Naval Air Service. Harrier GR3s of the RAF. The Army Air Corps. And still so many more. Who could hope for more? The Falklands are SAFE. For as long as there is one member of the British armed forces or one Briton left standing!
10 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 07:06 pm Report abuse
Never heard of him. So much for sending the big guns...
11 LightThink (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 07:15 pm Report abuse
I see Mr.Lancester's worried face at the back Big Ben says tic toc..tic toc
countdown for decadent chipboard British Empire.
12 briton (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 07:59 pm Report abuse
stupid turnip.

no british empire,
but argentina certainly wants one,
so your comment should aim that way.
13 Brit Bob (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 08:46 pm Report abuse
Interesting to note that Argenwhina along with other pillars of democracy in the UN C24 Committee such as China, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria and Iran are working hard to decolonise the US Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa and actively support the Puerto Rico Independence Party.

It also says something when Argenwhina puts up a statue of Ho Chi Minh in downtown Buenos Ayres.
14 briton (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 10:15 pm Report abuse
And yet britain fully supports America over these islands, do we not,

sad then, its not done in reverse.
the Falklands deserve nothing less , than the full support of the free democratic world,

their feedom , your freedom .
15 ProRG_American (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
Ho how exciting? Does he know where he will be?
16 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
#12 Argentina certainly doesn't want a British empire =)

But empire or no empire, the decadent British establishment is being monstered so bad right now it really does feel like Big Ben is ticking for it! Did you see Channel 4 news tonight, all the coverups are coming back to haunt the establishment, including one it seems of a paedophile ring of senior Thatcher ministers!
17 Orbit (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 11:20 pm Report abuse
@10 That's because you are on here all day satisfying your gerontophilia rather than taking an interest in the country that gives you freedom and opportunity.

@15 Yes. Any more mercilessly incisive and show stopping sarcasm you can share with us? That one had me reeling I must admit.
18 ProRG_American (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 12:04 am Report abuse
17 Orbit (#)
Ohhh! Did I hurt your feeeliiiings?
19 briton (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 01:21 am Report abuse
16, witch hunting, thats all it is.
did you see on the news of thousands and thousands of people demenstrating in argentina against CFK .

her time as leader is running out.
20 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 09:19 am Report abuse
#13 Uncle Ho was one of the greatest men of the 20th century, glad to see him being honoured by Cristina =)

#19 We'll see, my first impression of the protest is its a bit of a damp squib for your side as Cristina is still in office...
21 Boovis (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 10:24 am Report abuse
@20: yup, she should stay in her office too, because if she ever had the balls to go on the street...
22 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 12:30 pm Report abuse
#21 She'll be mobbed by adoring fans, as always =)
23 briton (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
you mea just like maddona. lol.
24 Benson (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 03:10 pm Report abuse
@8 Pretty sure the hundreds of thousands in the streets last night weren't there to sing her praises.
25 Simon68 (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 03:20 pm Report abuse
20 British_Kirchnerist (#)
Nov 09th, 2012 - 09:19 am

The cacerolazos country wide were much larger than the September 13 ones. For example our little town (population aprox. 10.000) fielded 1.000 protesters which is about 25% more than the last time.
The protests are not demanding that CFK should go, we want her to take notice of the important things that the Argentine people need:

1) Security
2) An end to government corruption
3) Ending inflation
4) Guaranteed personal liberty
5) An end to confrontational policies both domestically and abroad
6) Respect for those who think differently
7) No more talk of re-reelection
8) No more lies about the economy

These were the main demands of the people last night here in our town and also in the rest of the country.
26 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 04:45 pm Report abuse
#25 Some of those demands sound like motherhood and apple pie, but on re-election let the people decide in 2015, and on “confrontational” policies this is what people want, nobody in the real world wants to be dictated to by the IMF
27 ynsere (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 07:40 pm Report abuse
Rufus @ 4
“He's a qualified EOD officer with the TA, so he'll probably want the minefield tour while he's there.”

Oh Rufus, you really shouldn't have let the cat out of the bag. You are directly responsible for Argentina's next complaint to the UN about the militarisation of the South Atlantic.
28 briton (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 09:56 pm Report abuse
do you think she will survive untill 2015.
29 agent_100 (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
@28 briton
old britons like you don't!
30 briton (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 10:42 pm Report abuse
a bit late for you to be out sussie.
31 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 10:55 pm Report abuse
#28 Yes, and I hope beyond =)
32 Pete Bog (#) Nov 11th, 2012 - 08:01 pm Report abuse
“I see Mr.Lancester's worried face at the back”
That's because he has just seen a picture of CFK and is about to vomit.

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