Dorset Council will be flying a Royal Navy flag to mark the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War. 

The 42nd anniversary is on Tuesday, April 2 which marks the day Argentinian forces invaded the Falklands in 1982, with the war lasting 74 days.

The conflict saw countless acts of great courage, determination and resolve, along with heart breaking scenes of tragedy and loss.

In remembrance, and to honour those acts of courage, Dorset Council will be flying the White Ensign, a traditional Royal Navy symbol, above County Hall from April 2 to April 9.

The war was the first military action since the Second World War that utilised all elements of the Armed Forces, with over 900 losing their lives, 255 of whom were British personnel.

30,000 sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and merchant mariners served during the war, large numbers of them now living in Dorset.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said: "The war was concluded with an Argentinian surrender on June 14 1982. 

"Today, the UK and Argentina have brokered a diplomatic peace but neither side has changed its stance on the status of the islands.

"Many veterans of the Falklands War still struggle with physical and mental scars, and some have faced life challenges or hardships since the war ended.

"Through the Armed Forces Covenant and links to health and wellbeing services, welfare, housing and employment, support is available for both current and past members of the Armed Forces and their families.

"We also recognise the commitment the Armed Forces Community makes to Dorset. Thank you for your service."