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50 years on: Gibraltar celebrates being British

Gibraltar residents mark the territory's national day with celebrations and a word from British Prime Minister Theresa May

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50 years on: Gibraltar celebrates being British

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In a sea of red and white – thousands of Gibraltarians marked the territory’s national day on Sunday.

It’s 50 years since residents voted overwhelmingly to remain British in a referendum. UK Prime Minister Theresa May had this message

“Gibraltar will remain British for as long as it chooses to do so. So let us go forward together and seek to build a prosperous future for our whole UK family.”

“In the next 50 years, Gibraltar will grow stronger, will go further, will prosper greatly, because my fellow Gibraltarians, nothing is going to stop us now. Red, white and proud, red, white and free, red, white and blue. Thank you Gibraltar,” said Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo.

Gibraltar is a tiny, rocky territory at the tip of the Iberian peninsula that Britain has controlled for three centuries against Spain’s wishes.

On a turnout of 95.8%, 12,138 people voted to remain British and only 44 voted for Gibraltar to become a part of Spain – according to Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia.

This year’s national day was a massive show of force proving support for Britain in Gibraltar remains as strong as ever.