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The show is usually on every second Wednesday at 1900. 

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The programme is broadcast on a Saturday at 1830.

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Celebrating 100 Years of the Falkland Islands Defence Force - Memories of Members

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The Falkland Islands Defence Force celebrated 100 years of its formation in December 2020.

The organisation changed from the Falkland Islands Volunteers on December 13, 1920. The 100th anniversary of this was marked with an open day and reception on December 12, 2020. The day included displays of motor vehicles, weapons and equipment as well as historical displays and family activities.

Listen as News Editor Gavin Short speaks to former members of the Force about their memories.


 

Celebrating 100 Years of the Falkland Islands Defence Force - Reception

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The Falkland Islands Defence Force celebrated 100 years of its formation in December 2020.

The organisation changed from the Falkland Islands Volunteers on December 13, 1920. The 100th anniversary of this was marked with an open day and reception on December 12, 2020. The day included displays of motor vehicles, weapons and equipment as well as historical displays and family activities. Listen to News Editor, Gavin Short's coverage of the formal part of the event.


 

Falklands Declared Land Mine Free Popular

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The Falkland Islands was declared land mine free on November 14, 2020.

The celebration at Yorke Bay, a beach closed off by barbed wire fencing, saw the community 'reclaim the beach' after 38 years. It was the last minefield cleared in the Falklands. The Falklands Radio team was there and Traighana Smith spoke to revellers and those responsible for the clearing project.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on November 16, 2020. 


 

Fitzroy Memorial Service 2020 Popular

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On June 8, 1982, heavy casualties were suffered by the British Taskforce.

The RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine forces. In total 48 men were lost from Sir Galahad, two from Sir Tristram and six men from a landing craft of HMS Fearless. Every year, a service of remembrance is held for those who lost their lives.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 9, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Glamorgan Memorial Service 2020 Popular

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A service is held every year to commemorate the crew of HMS Glamorgan.

The service held at Hooker's Point, near Stanley, was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. The Act of Remembrance commemorates the lives of fourteen members of the ship's company who died in the Falklands War in 1982. 

This Programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 14, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Goose Green Liberation Service 2020 Popular

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The residents of Goose Green were liberated by British Forces on May 29, 1982.

During the Argentine invasion, residents of Goose Green and Darwin were incarcerated in the Goose Green hall for almost a month. The Argentines surrendered on May 29 during the battle of Goose Green and the inhabitants were freed from the hall.

The day is commemorated yearly and the Reverand Ian Faulds led this service at the Para Memorial. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 01, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Habitat Restoration on Middle Island Popular

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Can erosion be stopped on an island?

Middle Island is owned by Falklands Conservation and was badly burned by fire a few decades ago. The fire left the peat soil with no vegetation to protect it from drying out and blowing away. Falklands Conservation has attempted to halt this process by planting a barrier of tussac grass on the eroded land. With help from Georgia Seafoods and the Conservation group of British Forces South Atlantic, volunteers planted grass over five days.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on October 5, 2020.


 

HMS Forth visits Stanley - Part 1 Popular

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Join News Editor Gavin Short as he boards HMS Forth for a guided tour of the vessel.

The Royal Navy patrol ship, HMS Forth, is the permanent guardship for the Falkland Islands and the public were given the chance to step aboard when she made her maiden voyage to Stanley on August 1st, 2020. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 24, 2020.

Photo courtesy of MOD: HMS Forth in South Georgia


 

Landing Day Service 2020 Popular

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Landing Day service commemorates the British Task Force amphibious landings near the settlement of San Carlos on May 21, 1982.

Invading Argentine forces had been occupying the Falklands since April 2. The landing of the British Forces, on May 1, signalled the beginning of recovering the Islands. Over the next few days, the area became known as 'Bomb Alley' as Argentine fighter jets tried to stop the advance.

A service of remembrance is held each year to remember all those who lost their lives during the ensuing battles. This year, the service was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. An estimated 30 people attended, a smaller number than usual due to the current global health pandemic.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 22, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Lt. Nick Taylor Memorial Service 2020 Popular

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A service to commemorate the life of Lieutenant Nicholas Taylor is held every year in the Falklands Islands.

Lt. Taylor, 800 Naval Air Squadron of HMS Hermes, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, was shot down during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. His grave lies close to the settlement of Goose Green and is headed by an inscribed memorial stone and a wooden cross. The service this year was restricted in size due to the current crisis and was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. Wreaths were laid by HE The Governor Nigel Philips, the Hon Mark Pollard and representatives of Goose Green.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 4, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Memorial Service for Ian "Kiwi" Hunt 2020 Popular

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A service of remembrance took place on June 2 for Sgt Ian "Kiwi" Hunt.

Sergeant Ian "Kiwi" Nicholas Hunt was born in 1953 and was 28 years old at the time of his death. He was with the Special Boat Service and killed by blue on blue fire when his patrol moved into a SAS position. When the SAS warning shouts went unanswered, they opened fire and Kiwi was instantly killed. Sergeant Hunt was 28 years old and the only member of the SBS to die in the Falklands War.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 4, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Memories of 1982 - Douglas Station Popular

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On a remote farm on East Falkland a family was woken up early by Argentine forces.

Forced out of the house they were then locked up in a hall at Douglas Station for four days.

Clara McKay was incarcerated in the hall and she spoke with News Editor, Gavin Short, about her side of the 1982 conflict.


 

Saying Goodbye to Land Mines In The Falkland Islands Popular

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Around 30,000 land mines laid by Argentine forces in 1982 have been cleared from the Falkland Islands. 

On October 14th and 15th, planned demolitions of some of the last of these explosives took place near Yorke Bay. This area contained the last minefield in the Falklands. Six detonations took place each day and journalist Traighana Smith joined the Safeland Global team who run the project.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on October 19, 2020.


 

Stanley Nightingale Popular

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A Nightingale-style hospital was built in the Falkland Islands in June.

Over three days a 36-bed ward was assembled, tested, and dismantled in Stanley Leisure Centre. The exercise was a collaboration between the King Edward Memorial Hospital and British Forces South Atlantic. The exercise practised how, and where, health authorities would manage if there was a COVID-19 outbreak in the Falklands. The temporary facility was assembled in under six hours. Those involved, including the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rebecca Edwards, spoke about the logistics behind such an operation.

Stanley Nightingale exercise ran over June 17, 18 and 19. This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 22, 2020.


 

The History of Land Mines in The Falklands Popular

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Have you ever wanted to know more about the history of land mines in the Falkland Islands?

We all know they were laid in 1982, but how many and what attempts were made to clear them after the conflict?  Patrick Watts, who was in charge of Falklands Islands Broadcasting Station in 1982, explains.

This interview was recorded in November 2020.


 

The Men Who Clear Land Mines Popular

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Who are the people that clear land mines?

Groups of highly-trained 'deminers' have been travelling between Zimbabwe and the Falkland Islands to clear minefields for over 11 years.

Over 20,000 land mines were laid by Argentine forces in 1982, and in 2020 the Falkland Islands will be landmine free for the first time in 38 years. Due to the global pandemic, most of the men involved have left the Islands before the completion of the project. 

Falklands Radio attended a goodbye reception on June 19 and spoke to those who were departing.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 25, 2020


 

VE Day Memorial Service 2020 Popular

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The Falkland Islands marked the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.

A service was held in Christ Church Cathedral on May 8 to mark VE Day. The service, led by the Reverand Ian Faulds, was attended by MLA Stacy Bragger, Deputy Governor Alex Mitham, and representatives of the Falkland Islands Defence Force and the Armed Services. 

The service ended at the Cross of Sacrifice where the two-minute silence was observed.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 8, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Welsh Guards Fitzroy Service 2019 Popular

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The Welsh Guards on deployment in the Falkland Islands held a memorial service at Fitzroy on November 5, 2019.

On June 8, 1982, heavy casualties were suffered by the British Taskforce. The RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine forces. In total 48 men were lost from Sir Galahad, two from Sir Tristram and six men from a landing craft of HMS Fearless. The Welsh Guards, near the end of their deployment in the Falklands, held a service to pay their respects to the fallen. They were joined by the Military Wives Choir and members of the community on a windy day at the Fitzroy Memorials. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on November 10, 2019.


 

World War Two Site Excavation - Part 1 Popular

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Listen to the history of a WWII site in the Falkland Islands.

The 11th Battalion of the West Yorks was posted in 1942 to protect the Islands from attack by the Japanese. In 1944 the garrison was replaced by the Royal Scots. The men were housed in Nissen huts that were built on almost every available open space in Stanley.

One of these former sites, Bennett's Paddock, was given planning permission to turn into a residential area. The Museum and National Trust took the opportunity to arrange archaeological examinations before construction work began. Working with two archaeologists from Cambridge University, areas of Bennett's Paddock to the west of Stanley were excavated. This site was also used by the Argentine military in the 1982 conflict. During the excavation, Tim and Mark found items used by the military from both time periods.  

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on March 20, 2020