Falklands veteran Simon Weston speaks to students at Crawley school

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Students at a Crawley school have been given an inspirational talk by Falklands War veteran Simon Weston MBE.

Mr Weston held two assemblies at Oriel High School, Maidenbower, today (Monday September 14) where he encouraged the youngsters to invest in themselves and to never let anyone dissuade them from pursuing their dreams.

The 54-year-old was left terribly scarred after suffering 46 per cent burns to his body when the Sir Galahad was destroyed at Bluff Cove during the war against Argentina in 1982.

He is currently on a sell-out nationwide tour but took time out to visit Oriel.

Students listened enrapt as he spoke about his life and his experiences and shared a video documenting his journey to this point.

A spokesman for Oriel said Mr Weston’s assemblies highlighted to students in Years 11, 12 and 13 that if you have confidence in yourself you can reach any goal you set.

He urged the students to take advantage of the fact their education was free and to “invest in themselves” and “put in the graft now” to reap the rewards in later life.

He also reinforced the message that “you should never let anyone put you down or tell you that you cannot achieve your goals in life”.

Oriel headteacher Phillip Stack said: “Simon was thrown into the public eye for reasons he did not wish for.

“He has however since that day in 1982 become an inspirational figure to thousands of people not only in the UK but abroad.

“He is a fantastic role model for people of all ages and we are so happy that he was able to talk to our students. I am sure they will remember his speech for years to come.”

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