Wel­come To The Falk­lands

The People's Friend Special - - TRAVEL -

The bust of Mrs Thatcher may not ap­peal to all vis­i­tors, but to Falk­lan­ders she is a hero. Her face looks on to an obelisk, around which are plaques bear­ing the names of those who lost their lives in 1982. Any doubt about the Falk­lan­ders’ de­sire to re­main Bri­tish was dis­pelled in 2013, when a ref­er­en­dum with a 92 per cent turnout voted 99.8 per cent to re­main a Bri­tish Over­seas Ter­ri­tory.

Dur­ing my teenage years, Cardiff’s docks fell into de­cline. As ware­houses were de­mol­ished, they re­vealed the old cor­ru­gated iron Nor­we­gian church along­side a small ware­house bear­ing the painted sign Falk­land Is­lands Com­pany, which cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion.

I won­dered what life could be like on this re­mote south­ern ar­chi­pel­ago, never imag­in­ing I would one day set foot amongst the sheep and proud is­lan­ders.

Al­most half a cen­tury later, Hazel and I found our­selves on New Is­land Beach in West Falk­land, along­side other ex­pe­di­tion ship pas­sen­gers en route to the Antarc­tic, en­joy­ing a brief visit to th­ese is­lands.

Al­though the Ar­gen­tini­ans would like to pos­sess the Falk­lands, the is­lands were dis­cov­ered and set­tled by Bri­tish pi­o­neers, many of whom were Scots, who came to farm this re­mote

Neil McAl­lis­ter is made to feel at home when he spends time ex­plor­ing th­ese his­toric is­lands.

MS Hanseatic.

Rock­hop­per pen­guin.

Mar­garet Thatcher.

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