Thatcher meets the paras in Colchester

FORMER Conservative prime minister Baroness Thatcher was in Colchester yesterday to lunch with soldiers from the Parachute Regiment as they marked the 27th anniversary of one of the key battles of the Falklands War.

Graham Dines

FORMER Conservative prime minister Baroness Thatcher was in Colchester yesterday to lunch with soldiers from the Parachute Regiment as they marked the 27th anniversary of one of the key battles of the Falklands War.

Baroness Thatcher, 83, met members of The 2nd Battalion , The Parachute Regiment at their base in Colchester to commemorate the Battle of Goose Green fought on May 28 and 29 1982.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the lunch was a private function and Baroness Thatcher met serving soldiers from 2 Para.


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Eighteen members of 2 Para died at Goose Green and 36 were wounded as British soldiers fought to win back control of the Falklands from the invading Argentine army.

One of those killed was 2 Para's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel "H" Jones, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his bravery.

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