Saturday, 16 April 2016

A Morecambe pub will name a memorial beer after a much-loved regular who served his country bravely 
in the Falklands War.

Ex-paratrooper Ronnie Duffy, who has died, was a popular figure in the Eric Bartholomew Wetherspoon’s pub in town. Staff and customers were shocked and saddened by Ronnie’s death and want to mark his passing by naming a guest ale after him. Ronnie was a member of 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 Para) who served in the Falklands in 1982. He fought in the Battle of Mount Longdon on June 11 and 12 1982, which resulted in British forces capturing a key position around the Argentinian garrison.
Ronnie was one of a team who landed on the beach on East Falkland in May 21 then spent two weeks marching across hostile terrain in atrocious weather. The Argentinian army’s defences surrounding the Falklands’ capital, Port Stanley, included the heavily defended Mount Longdon. In sub-zero temperatures, Ronnie and his colleagues launched a silent attack under the cover of darkness on the Argentinian position. They helped secure the mountain, a key victory contributing to Argentina’s surrender on June 14. Read More Here