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July 11, 2012

War and Peace Show welcomes Falklands Veterans

  • World's largest Military Vehicle spectacular comes to Kent
  • Free access to the event for Falklands veterans, as the War and Peace show and Falklands conflict share a 30th anniversary
  • 192.com helps Falklands Veterans to reunite

July 20, and the Hop Farm in Kent will host four days of military pageantry as the Tonbridge venue welcomes veterans and vehicles from conflicts ranging from World War 2 to Afghanistan.

Guests at the show will include Simon Weston, Falklands war survivor who will watch a Falklands veterans parade at 11 am on Friday July 20, cumulating with a midday drum head service led by Army Chaplain Peter Hills.

Enjoying its 30th anniversary, the War and Peace show will exhibit military hardware from the Falklands conflict, including a Scimitar and Scorpion Tank, a Rapier defence system, and an Exocet missile. Also on display will be radios and maps from the campaign. Presentations about the conflict will be given by members of the Royal Marines or the Paratroop Regiment, supported by a relief map of the Islands created specially by The Angley School in Cranbrook.

"We're hoping Falklands Veterans attending the War and Peace show will learn how they can search online for former colleagues, accessing our extensive people-search databases for free", said Dominic Blackburn, Product Director of 192.com, the UK's leading people finding website.

192.com has 700 million UK public records, including over 35 million residential names and addresses from the edited electoral roll. This information is now freely available to members of the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA 82), a veterans group named after the medal awarded to the 30,000 service personnel and civilians who participated in the liberation of the Falkland Islands in 1982.

"192.com reunites thousands of friends and families by making public records more accessible", explains Mr Blackburn. "We are keen to reunite veterans from all conflicts, and are proud to offer free assistance to SAMA 82 members", he added.

Mike Bowles, chairman of SAMA 82 said: "For the 30th anniversary of the conflict we're encouraging veterans to get back in touch with each other. It is hoped 192.com can be a useful resource for those looking for missing friends in the UK."

One user of the site is the World War 2 Veteran Robin Brown, who uses the site to reunite hundreds of friends and ex-servicemen from all around the world.

"192.com is the centre of my operations. It's an excellent resource. In the old days one used to have to trawl through libraries, and now one can access the edited electoral roll at the touch of a button", Mr Brown said. Military reunions aided by 192.com include an RAF Brize Norton reunion, and a meeting of old service colleges who lost touch for 56 years.

Those looking for families or friends or ex-service colleagues are encouraged to contact 192.com through the site's Facebook page.

The War and Peace show has a strong 'peace' element, with a Marquee hosting bands, vintage dance lessons, fashion shows, singers and entertainers, including the cast of the TV classic 'Allo Allo.' Evening entertainment includes music from The Jive Aces and Bill Baker's Big Band. The dedicated Schools' Day, now in its third year, and organised in conjunction with Kent County Council, sees around 1,500 children from Kent schools enjoy activities and presentations from 1914 to the current day.

About 192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for 10 million users a month. On 192.com, users can search over 700 million records including free directory enquiries, edited electoral roll information, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office. Phone: 0207 909 2151