Won­der­ful Wear­side wel­come for sol­diers

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

Sun­der­land came to a stand­still to wel­come its heroes of the 4th Field Reg­i­ment Royal Ar­tillery.

Thou­sands lined Fawcett Street and Bridge Street, cheer­ing and ap­plaud­ing as the reg­i­ment ex­er­cised its free­dom right to pa­rade its colours through the town.

Po­lice halted traf­fic as the reg­i­ment and its 105mm guns marched from Bon­ners­field to the Civic Cen­tre.

Then in Mow­bray Park, the Mayor, Coun Joe Hall, was greeted with an 18-gun salute from the weapons which made such an im­pact in the Falk­lands cam­paign.

Coun Hall told the men: “We have fol­lowed your progress with pride and we ac­knowl­edge the courage and for­ti­tude you showed in the face of the en­emy un­der the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions you had to en­dure. We are proud of each and ev­ery one of you.”

Who remembers the oc­ca­sion and were you there? Or is there an­other 1982 Wear­side event you would like us to re­mem­ber?

Per­haps it is a sport­ing mem­ory or maybe rec­ol­lec­tions of a favourite shop or store.

Get in touch and share those mem­o­ries by email­ing chris.cord­ner@jpress.co.uk.

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