By John Smith • 10 August 2017 • 13:34
Painting the steps red, white and blue
AS Gibraltar gets ready for the 50th Anniversary of the Referendum celebrations the Youth Service is repainting the steps leading up to the Upper Rock.
Whilst some towns in Spain have chosen to paint steps the colours of the Rainbow Flag, Gibraltar has chosen the original Union Flag (widely referred to as the Union Jack) that became a symbol of Gibraltar’s wish to remain British forever.
On the two previous occasions when Devil’s Gap Road, the commonly known Referendum Steps were painted, the work was carried out by local residents.
In this instance it was considered important that the link between local youth and previous generations who did so much for freedom of expression was reinforced, so the Youth Service took the task on as part of their community involvement initiatives.
A group of fifteen people aged between 12 and 18 from the Youth Service were selected to participate. They have been learning about the significance of the 1967 referendum vote and are very excited to play their part in the renovation of these iconic steps.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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