Falklands veteran lining up reunion

Falklands veteran Shaun Rigby of Gleneagles Court at West Monkseaton.
Falklands veteran Shaun Rigby of Gleneagles Court at West Monkseaton.

A FALKLANDS War veteran has embarked on a new mission three decades on from the conflict – to get his old comrades back together for a reunion.

Shaun Rigby spent five months on board the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Grange in 1982 and was stationed at Port Stanley for two of them.

Now an in-store baker at Morrisons at West Denton in Newcastle, the 50-year-old is trying to get his old crew together again in Plymouth on Thursday, June 14.

The Fort Grange was undergoing a refit in North Shields when the war broke out, forcing her to return early to her home port of Devonport ready to set off for the south Atlantic Ocean in mid-May with C flight of 924 Naval Air Squadron on board.

After joining the carrier battle group, the Fort Grange spent eight days replenishing 25 ships with stores and ammunition.

Shaun, a steward on board the ship, now lives in West Monkseaton with wife Hazel, 51, also a baker.

He can still recall the Fort Grange coming under attack from an Argentine C130 aircraft, but fortunately it failed to get any of its bombs away.

“Of course I was scared,” he said. “Anyone who says they weren’t scared is a born liar. We were all in the same boat.”

Although Shaun has kept in touch with some of his former colleagues, he is still looking to raise awareness of the reunion and hopes to make it an annual event.

Records of 1982 crew members are no longer kept by the Ministry of Defence, so he is keen to spread the word among shipmates living in the north east via the News Guardian.

He can be contacted via the Facebook page RFA Fort Grange A 385 (1982 looking for ex crew)