Redcar-born Sir Rex Hunt dies aged 86

Sir Rex Hunt, the former Falkland Islands governor who led the resistance against Argentinian forces in 1982, has died aged 86.

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Tributes paid to former Falklands governor

Tributes have been paid to Sir Rex Hunt, the former Falkland Islands governor, who died yesterday in a hospital in Stockton-on-Tees aged 86.

The Foreign Secretary and North Yorkshire MP, William Hague, paid tribute to Sir Rex, saying he showed "great courage and fortitude" during the Argentine invasion.

"I was very sorry to hear of the death of Sir Rex Hunt. As governor of the Falkland Islands he served his country and the Falkland Islanders with great distinction.

Like the Islanders themselves, he demonstrated great courage and fortitude in the face of Argentine aggression during the Falklands conflict.

After the conflict, he contributed to the transformation of the Islands into a vibrant, modern and successful democracy."

– William Hague, Foreign Secretary

Former Falklands governor dies aged 86

Sir Rex Hunt moved back to Yorkshire in 2004 Credit: PA

Sir Rex Hunt, originally from Redcar, has died aged eighty-six.

The former Falkland Islands governor died in hospital on Sunday night (November 11th) in Stockton-on-Tees, the town where he had spent his retirement.

Sir Rex Hunt is best remembered for leading resistance against the Argentinian forces during the invasion in 1982, when he was governor of the Falklands Islands.

He also lead the Falkland Islands Association as its chairman for many years, as well as being president of the UK Falkland Islands Trust.

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