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Battle Day.

The 86th Anniversary of Battle Day saw the traditional good weather for Stanley. Crowds gathered in the Cathedral to remember those who died during the Battle of the Falklands. During his sermon at the Christ Church Cathedral the Reverend Alistair McHaffie spoke of thankfulness for what we have today. The service in the Cathedral was followed by a parade and act of remembrance at the Battle Monument.

Ernest Shackleton's Mission Re-enacted.

The Express reported at the end of last month that when intrepid Jonathan Chastney re-enacts Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Antarctic rescue mission he hopes to get right inside the explorers skin. The former soldier will spurn modern, lightweight man-made fibres in favour of replicas of the clothing worn by the polar hero. According to the report 35 year old Chastney will don a Burberry gaberdine jacket, trousers and smock, a Guernsey wool sweater, cotton string vest and leather boots to recreate the epic journey undertaken to save 22 men trapped on the ship Endurance. He is quoted as saying "We want to be as close to history as we can. If the clothes were good enough for him back then, they'll be good enough for me." Along with fellow explorers he was due to fly to Chile on 30th November and then go by boat to King Haakon Bay on South Georgia. "Shackleton's sole objective was to save all those men" added Chastney. "He plunged into the unknown and produced something very heroic and vary daring."

Fish Total Now at 313,432 Metric Tonnes.

The total amount of all fish caught in Falklands waters this year stood at over 313 thousand metric tonnes at the end of November. The figure was near to 370 thousand at the same time last year. The majority of the 7213 metric tonnes of fish caught during the month was made up of Blue Whiting, followed by Hoki and Red Cod. Spain accounted for seven of the eight tonnes of Loligo caught as well as the majority of Hoki netted during the month. During November there were 19 vessels licensed and eligible to fish. Seventeen of these were fishing. The nationalities were as follow: One from Belize, four from the Falklands, one from Japan, two from Korea

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