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Falklands' flag to fly all year round in Portsmouth

Tuesday, August 7th 2018 - 07:59 UTC
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A second pole could also be installed which would allow both the Union and Falkland flags to fly side-by-side A second pole could also be installed which would allow both the Union and Falkland flags to fly side-by-side

Portsmouth could soon fly the Falklands flag all year round as a lasting tribute to all those who died to liberate the British territory 36 years ago. Plans are afoot to install a new flagpole outside the Falklands memorial in Old Portsmouth to allow the islands’ symbol to fly above the entrance to the city’s harbor.

 A second pole could also be installed which would allow both the Union and Falkland flags to fly side-by-side. Portsmouth City Council is looking into the proposal, that already has the backing of city leaders.

Retired Royal Navy Petty Officer Barrie Jones, 58, has been one of those leading the charge for the permanent symbol. The 58-year-old, of Laburnum Grove, Copnor, fought right the way through the Falklands War, and said he would be proud to see the Islands’ flag flying next to the Union flag.

He said: ‘It’s a national memorial for those people that ultimately gave their lives for freedom. Rather than just having a flag hoisted and flying one day a year, there will be one there all year round. ‘I’m not expecting this to happen overnight or to get an immediate “yes”. Of course there are quite a few issues that people might have with it – like costs or if it is necessary. ‘But I would be very, very proud to see the flag there permanently'.

It’s hoped the new memorial could be installed before April 2 next year – the 37th anniversary of the start of the war. Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson was eager to support the scheme, as is Tory boss Councilor Donna Jones.

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  • Brit Bob

    The Argentine government describe the British activities of 3 January 1833 as, 'on 3 January 1833 a British Royal Navy corvette with the support of another warship in the vicinity, threatened to use greater force and demanded the surrender and handover of the settlement.' And 'The act of force of 1833, carried out in peacetime without prior communication or declaration by a government friendly to the Argentine Republic...' (History – Ministerio de Relacioes Exteriores y Cutlowww.mrecic.gov.ar/es/history 1. History).

    For the Government of Argentina to continue to claim that the Falklands were stolen from them in the nineteenth century lacks credibility.

    Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/34838377/Falkland_Islands_The_Usurpation

    Aug 07th, 2018 - 02:39 pm +1
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