Thirty Years ago TodayThirty years ago today, I was a policeman on duty in the Staffordshire town of Biddulph. It was coming towards the end of my night shift and I was walking through the large miners estate that they have there towards the Police station. It was nearly knocking off and the thoughts of a hot cup of tea and the the warm bed that awaited me at home, was at the forefront of my head. There seemed to be a blackbird singing from just about every chimney pot and everything was alright with the world.
If my memory serves me correctly, it was just after 4.00am when our sergeant radioed to say that HMS Sheffield had been hit by Exocet missiles. For this you see, was the time of the Falkland Island War.
On this day in 1982 Twenty sailors were killed when the destroyer HMS Sheffield was hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
If you remember, our task force seemed to be enroute for ages and in all that time, I always had this idea that somehow things would be alright and that nothing serious would ever come of it. How wrong I was?