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Gibraltar 1967 Referendum by Gibraltar Rock Tours

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  • 1967 Referendum by Gibraltar Rock Tours
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    The 10th September every year is a very special day in the
    lives of Gibraltarians and it’s all because of the 1967
    Referendum which was held on that date.
    The !rst o”cial event to mark the 50th anniversary of the
    1967 Referendum is an exhibition which was opened by the
    Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia on Wednesday 14
    June. Fifty years to the very day on which the holding of the
    Referendum was o”cially announced by the UK
    Government in the House of Commons.
    The exhibition, which runs until 7th July 2017, includes over
    150 photographs and over 100 press cuttings spread over
    three rooms. There are also relevant murals, banners and
    other memorabilia.
    One of the rooms contains a replica polling and counting
    station and local visitors to the exhibition are able to cast
    their vote on replica mock ballot papers on production of
    their identity cards. The options in 1967 and on the mock
    ballot are identical.
    The options were as follows:
    “Option A: To pass under Spanish sovereignty in accordance
    with the terms proposed by the Spanish Government to Her
    Majesty’s Government on 18th May 1966; or
    Option B: Voluntarily retain their link with Britain, with
    democratic local institutions and with Britain retaining its
    present responsibilities.”
  • There are also two large screens with rolling displays of
    historical news footage of the time, including reports on the
    Referendum from Pathe News, ITV news and footage
    supplied by members of the public.
    Referendum commemorative @ags and pins are also being
    sold by the Heritage Trust and a lovely touch is that all the
    proceeds will go to charity.
    The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, said: “The
    Referendum was an important landmark in our political and
    historical evolution as a people. The United Kingdom
    Government had determined that the people of Gibraltar
    had come of age and could be entrusted with the decision
    on what the future sovereignty of Gibraltar should be vis-a-
    vis UK or Spain. It is important to bear in mind that Gibraltar
    was British by conquest in 1704 and by formal cession
    under a Treaty in 1713. The Referendum of 10 September
    1967 added to that. Gibraltar was British after that date
    because it was the will of Gibraltarians that this should be
    the case.
    We should also recall the tense political background against
    which that choice was made. This included continuous
    harassment and restrictions imposed by General Franco’s
    regime against Gibraltar both at the land frontier and
    internationally at the United Nations. The result of the
    Referendum had immediate consequences too. It led to a
    new Constitution and to the closure of the land frontier. This
    is a story that younger generations should know about so
    visits by schoolchildren to the exhibition are being planned.
    Gibraltar Rock Tours visited the Exhibition so we could
    provide our readers a small sample of what’s on display ……
    photographs can be seen in the compositon uptop.
  • If you are visiting the Rock soon……as always Gibraltar Rock
    Tours invites you to book a tour with us to see the Rock’s
    delights ! You won’t be disappointed…. Oh and thanks for
    reading !

 

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