Welcome To The Falklands
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.