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Falklands' veteran returns to Wirral for inspirational talk
FALKLANDS' veteran Simon Weston will be special guest at this year's Hoylake’s Lifeboat Day.
The author - a former Welsh Guardsman who sustained life-changing injuries when the ship Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands in 1982 - will help man a table for national soldiers' charity Invisible Injuries during the fundraiser on Hoylake promenade on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.
Afterwards, he will talk about his life during 'an audience with..' session at the Holiday Inn in nearby King's Gap from 4-6pm.
Simon's name and face have become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries and redefine his role in life.
He endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures and hopes his story will be motivational.
Looking forward to his talk, the 52-year-old told the Globe today: "I would hope it will be quite a humorous one, because I think there is humour in everything these days.
"The bombing was just a fleeting second in my life, it was just one day. The tragedy is the one thing everybody talks about and it was, without a doubt, a life-changing part of my life.
"But a lot has happened before and since then and I’ve managed to do a lot of things.
"It won't be all doom and gloom, I’ll be talking about many things.
"So I hope the audience will be inspired by what they hear. It’s my way of saying 'I've been through an awful experience, but have managed to come through the other end and get on with my life'."
Following his injuries, Cardiff-based Simon's set off on a road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery that has seen him active in a number of highly successful ventures.
His tireless work for charity work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours.
He was also awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region.
He has appeared in the Top 100 Merseysiders list in 2003 and honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004.
Simon's story been the subject of five BBC Television documentaries. He was also a subject on This is Your Life.
Looking forward to returning to Wirral, he said: "I have very strong connections with Wirral and it’s always good to come back. My wife's from there and I often visit the area."
His autobiography, Walking Tall, was a number one best seller. His second, Going Back, was also a best seller.
He then wrote a series of fiction books with titles such as Cause of Death and Phoenix.
His most recent book, Moving On was published in 2003 and sees Simon lay his Falklands ghosts to rest.
Tickets for Simon’s talk at the Holiday Inn on Monday are from Mike Burns on 07958628133.
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