Simon Weston to tell his story

Falklands veteran Simon Weston, who was made a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours

Falklands veteran Simon Weston, who was made a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours

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His name has become synonymous with courage during and after conflict – and now Simon Weston is coming to Leamington to tell his story.

From his own unique perspective, the Falklands War veteran will share shocking truths about the conflict, about the day the RFA Sir Galahad was attacked and about the impact the event and its consequences have had since.

It was the conflict of a generation and a time that many will never forget. On April 2 1982, Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands, with the aim of recapturing them through a claim that they had inherited the islands from Spain in the 1800s.

The islands, which had been under British control for nearly 150 years, became a battleground. What was to follow saw the deaths of 655 Argentine soldiers and 255 British service personnel.

Among those who were sent to the conflict was Simon. In one of the most horrific moments of the conflict, the RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentine planes, 48 servicemen lost their lives and very few survived. Among these survivors was Simon. This was an event which would change his life forever.

Eventually, and against the odds, Simon escaped the burning and buckled ship but only after suffering 46 per cent burns to his body. Since then he has become one of the most recognised faces of the conflict.

Simon will tell his story at the Spa Centre on Saturday January 23 at 7.30pm.

Guiding him through it will be one of his closest friends, David Fitzgerald, former Sky News anchor and BBC broadcaster.

Tickets cost £17.50 or £15.50 for concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.
royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.