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Brighton panto man returns to Falklands
9:30am Tuesday 11th December 2012 in News
A Falklands veteran has returned to the island 30 years after the conflict.
Brian Ralfe, the founder of Brighton’s Alternative Panto, has just returned from the South Atlantic having spent two weeks touring former battle zones with The Duke of Kent.
Mr Ralfe was a Gunner during the bloody conflict aboard a helicopter support ship which spent most of its time in San Carlos, which was affectionately known as bomb alley by servicemen in 1982.
The 58-year-old was one of 50 military persons chosen for the 30th anniversary visit as guests of the Falkland Government.
During his trip, Mr Ralfe visited the war graves of former comrades, including Brighton’s Steven Prior who died at Goose Green.
He said: “I still can't take in all that happened during our visit.
“The hospitality, gratitude, outstanding warmth and generosity of the islanders were overwhelming.
"Much of this experience has brought back so many memories, some good and of course some really sad.
“Visiting the graves of my former colleagues was very emotional but I have no regrets.
“It is something I have wanted and have waited 30 years to do.”
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