His Excellency the Governor Colin Roberts CVO accepts the first Commonwealth Walkway marker from Outdoor Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers in the presence of The Honorable Mr Michael Poole MLA and Trust CEO Jim Walker outside Government House in Stanley on Tuesday 10 November.
Thanks to an invitation from The Honorable Michael Summers MLA, The Trust was invited to The Falkland Islands on Monday 9 November to dsicuss the potential for a Commonwealth Walkway in the capital Stanley. The Trust were very well looked after by The Honorable Mr Michael Poole MLA and were hosted by The Governor Colin Roberts to meet relevant people able to help develop the initiative.
Patrick Watts, Andy Brownlee (at the back), Brian Summers, Camilla Roberts, Martin Slater (at the back), Joan Spruce, Hugo Vickers, Governor Colin Roberts CVO, Kyle Biggs (at the back), Teslyn Barkman, Richard Cockwell (at the back), Keith Biles and John Smith at the Commonwealth Walkway lunch hosted at Government House on 10 November.
Within a few hours of receiving the marker thanks to Colin Sutherland and Simon Catton, Eva Velanquez and Terrence Newman were setting the marker into the main entrance of Government House in Stanley as the first marker on The Falklands Commonwealth Walkway.
Local school children were the first to visit the marker in the ground and then helped suggest other points of significance that they felt the Falkalnds Commonwealth Walkway should include. The children shared some suggestions for the text on the app too and the Trust agreed it would be excellent for them to help draft more of the text too and stay involved in the project.
Special thanks too to Sukey Cameron MBE, Representative of the Falkland Islands Government in the London Office, who was instrumental in making the trip such a great success. We look forward to working with Micheal Betts from the Falkland Islands Development Corproation, Roger Spink from the Falkland Island Company and Kyle Biggs from the Falkland Island Tourist Board - as well as all our new local history friends, local museum staff and Commonwealth Games contacts to now make it happen.