Audio slideshow: The first papal visit

The weeks leading up to Pope John Paul II's historic tour of England, Scotland and Wales in 1982 saw Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands, and the despatch by Britain of a military taskforce to the South Atlantic.

The war - with a Roman Catholic country - meant that the trip was very nearly cancelled.

As preparations are made for a new papal visit by Benedict XVI in September, reporter Chris Ledgard - for BBC Radio 4 - looks back to the sights and sounds of late May and early June 1982.

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'In Living Memory: Pope John Paul II in Britain' will be broadcast on Tuesday 3 August at 1102 BST on BBC Radio 4.

It will then be available for 7 days on the BBC iPlayer.

Images courtesy Getty Images and the Press Association. Music from 1982 by Haircut 100, Culture Club, Ph.D. and ABC.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 2 August 2010.

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