Flag of Gibraltar flies in Portsmouth

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FLYING high outside the Civic Offices, a Gibraltar flag will be on show for the territory’s national day.

Stephen Sedgwick, a representative from the Community of Gibraltarians Worldwide, asked Portsmouth City Council if it would fly the flag.

Gibraltarian Stephen Sedgwick raises the Gibraltar flag outside the Civic Offices in Portsmouth.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132448-1)

Gibraltarian Stephen Sedgwick raises the Gibraltar flag outside the Civic Offices in Portsmouth.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132448-1)

It was approved and will now fly at full mast outside the Civic Offices, in Guildhall Square.

It will spend five days on the pole culminating on Tuesday which is the national day.

Stephen said it is great moment for him and the group.

He said: ‘We are celebrating the identity of the Gibraltarian people and the close links the country has with Britain.

‘I feel there are some strong links between Portsmouth and Gibraltar due to the naval activity between us both.’

Stephen was joined by Councillor Jacqui Hancock and deputy leader of the council, Cllr Hugh Mason, when the flag was raised.

He said: ‘We have had absolutely fantastic support from the council and I am pleased that they would allow us to have the flag flying in support of our national week.’

Cllr Mason said they often change for national days. He said: ‘We do have flags that stay on the poles all year round but for national days we change them. We have had a Ugandan flag, a Kenyan flag – because an ex Lord Mayor was Kenyan – and when Chinese officials came over to visit, we had a Chinese flag. But it is great that we have the chance to fly the Gibraltar flag.’

Tensions are still running high between Spain and Gibraltar over the fishing rights dispute, even though both countries have agreed that the territory’s sovereignty is not up for discussion.

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