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The return of the Europic Ferry from the Falklands War, Southampton

The return of the Europic Ferry from the Falklands War, Southampton


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The return of the Europic Ferry from the Falklands War, Southampton

The return of the Europic Ferry from the Falklands War, Southampton. Pictured, Lance Bombardier Paul Smith, from Nottingham, celebrates his safe return with Sunday Mirror Task Force Ale. With him are his father Alan, his fiance Diane Donovan, 18, and his mother June. The specially brewed task force ale was made and donated by the Newcastle Breweries Ltd for the Sunday Mirror and given to the troops in the conflict. 17th July 1982

Geoff Wilkinson
Sunday Mirror
Mirrorpix
Southampton
England
DM 82 3760

Media ID 21852093

© Mirrorpix

Argentine Beer Drink Falklands Falklands Conflict Falklands Crisis Falklands War Newcastle Brewery Return Sunday Mirror Taskforceale 1982


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In this heartwarming photo print, we witness Lance Bombardier Paul Smith's joyous return from the Falklands War aboard the Europic Ferry in Southampton. The relief and happiness are palpable as he celebrates his safe homecoming with loved ones. Surrounded by his father Alan, fiancé Diane Donovan, and mother June, Lance Bombardier Smith raises a glass of Sunday Mirror Task Force Ale to mark this momentous occasion. This specially brewed ale was generously provided by Newcastle Breweries Ltd for the Sunday Mirror and distributed to troops during the conflict. The image captures not only the jubilation of a soldier returning from war but also highlights the significance of camaraderie and support during times of crisis. As Lance Bombardier Smith savors his well-deserved drink, it symbolizes both a personal victory and a collective triumph over adversity. Taken on July 17th, 1982, this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of an era marked by conflict and sacrifice. It encapsulates the spirit of resilience that defined those who fought in the Falklands War while showcasing how simple gestures like sharing a beer can bring comfort amidst turmoil. Geoff Wilkinson's captivating snapshot immortalizes an intimate moment filled with love, relief, and gratitude—a testament to human strength in challenging times.

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