Falklands : Stone Corral Returned to Falklands' Public after 30 Years
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.03.2012 (Article Archived on 19.05.2012)
After a 30 year wait the Stone Corral is finally going to be released to the public for their enjoyment.
Photo (c) J. Brock (FINN)
Stone Corral Returned to the Public after 30 Years
By J. Brock (FINN)
H. E. the Governor Mr Nigel Haywood Cuts the ribbon and opens the Stone Corral
After a 30 year wait the Stone Corral is finally going to be released to the public for their enjoyment. To mark the final stages of release BACTEC, the contractors responsible for clearance, held a walk-about in the Stone Corral, which turned into an impromptu party complete with Stanley Folkies and a contingent from the Senior School supplying excellent entertainment with a sing-along.
Robin Swanson, Programme manager for the demining effort in the Falklands thanked everyone for coming along and explained that the area would be sealed off until paperwork had been completed in the UK. Guy Lucas, CEO of BACTEC explained that approximately 3.8Million square metres of land had been cleared and that the public now would have access not only to the Corral but also to much of the shoreline of Mile Pond.
H. E. the Governor Mr Nigel Haywood gave a brief history of the work going into the demining as well as the building of the original corral.
Besides H. E. the Governor the First and Second Secretaries at Government House were in attendance as well as MLAs Elsby, Halford, Sawle and Summers. Older members of the community came out to re-live old memories and have a few beers, sandwiches and cakes with members of the wider community.
We are most grateful to Robin Swanson, Guy Lucas and H. E. the Governor Mr Nigel Haywood for making the evening special, and to the de-miners who did all the hard work. By all accounts the party was enjoyed by all who attended.