With joy and relief on their faces, the relatives and friends of the freed British naval personnel have welcomed news of their release. Celebrations have been taking place across Britain – in each region with a claim on one or more of the sailors and marines who were held in Iran.
In Leicester, Sandra Sperry, cracked open the champagne: “I’m just ecstatic. It’s still so unbelievable. I’m sitting here with this glass of champagne in my hand and I still can’t believe my son is going to be coming home. I just can’t wait to see him.”
Her son, Royal Marine Adam Perry, should be home in time to spend Easter with his family.
In Wales, the mother of Royal Marine Lieutenant Felix Carman said she was still in shock following the unexpected news of her son’s release by the Iranian President:
“Well, we’ve all been glued to the television all day, today, because we heard that he (Ahmedinejad) was going to make a speech but we had no idea what the outcome was going to be, and when we heard I think I fell on the floor.”
The couple had caught a glimpse of Lieutenant Carman on television, when he was shown in footage broadcast by his Iranian captors.