Wreath Laying on Sunday 12th November 2017

Wreath Laying on Sunday 12th November 2017 

The fore-runner to the Falkland Islands Association - the Falkland Islands Emergency Committee was set up in the UK in the 1960s to help lobby the opinion of Falkland Islanders to the UK Government, who were, at that time, drafting a Memorandum of Understanding paving the way to hand over sovereignty of the Islands to Argentina. Because of the fierce resistance by Falkland Islanders and the work of the FIEC, that MoU was never signed and, with the exception of the 74 days of Argentine invasion and occupation in 1982, the Falkland Islands remain British to this day. 

Today, the role of the Falkland Island Islands Association to "assist the people of the Falkland Islands to decide their own future for themselves in accordance with their own wishes”. That means we are here to support the Falkland Islanders’ right to self-determination by maintaining a membership base of people who love the Falklands and who are prepared to raise their voices whenever that right comes under threat and from whatever quarter. 

As part of the commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, FIA members are laying wreaths at their local war memorials in remembrance of all who served in the Conflict. 

You can find out more about the FIA at fiassociation.com 

In Peterborough a wreath was laid by Mrs Doreen Roberts, Deputy Mayoress on behalf of the FIA.  There was also a wreath laid at the Barnack Memorial, where Lt Cmdr John Eyton-Jones was added to the Memorial after the 1982 Conflict.

In Bourne a wreath was laid by Tamsin Cunningham, a member of the Falkland Islands Association Executive Committee who is a Falkland Islander; she was accompanied by a Falklands Veteran.