Mark Aston

Mark Aston

Mark Aston spent a lifetime in the Army, serving for 39 years in call. Joining the Glosters, as a teenager, he passed selection in 1978 and joined the Mountain Troop of D Squadron, 22 SAS, the only squadron involved in direct action against the Argentine forces. He finished his career as the SAS RSM at the Parachute School.

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    This will be a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat true story of one soldier's Special Forces operations in the Falklands War told by a man who barely survived to tell it. SAS D Squadron was part of the British task force in 1982 but hardly saw action before their Sea King helicopter crashed in freezing South Atlantic waters killing 22. Mark ‘Splash’ Aston was last out of the sinking wreck, suffering a broken neck but, defying medical evacuation orders, he re-joined his SAS comrades to land on a mountain near Port Stanley for a heroic stand in one of the most hostile places on Earth.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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