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St Helena Day celebrated in the Falklands Islands

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Government House reception celebrates ‘common bonds.’

St Helenians living the Falkland Islands have celebrated their national day at a reception at Government House.

Guests enjoyed St Helenian culinary treats at the event on St Helena Day - May 21st - which marks the anniversary of the discovery of the island in 1502.

St Helenians, or “Saints” as they are known, make up 10% of the Falklands population and their contribution to the Islands is vital.

Acting governor Sandra Tyler-Haywood said that apart from very different climates, the Falklands and St Helena had much in common: “This reception – on such an important day for Saints - is an opportunity to celebrate those common bonds not just as UK Overseas Territories but also as island people.”