By John Smith • 23 March 2020 • 17:20
A NUMBER of Gibraltar’s former Governors have written an open letter to all Gibraltarians to express their support and solidarity in the face of the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter applauds the unshakeable Gibraltarian spirit and promises to urge the Government of the United Kingdom to offer whatever practical and financial assistance it can to help Gibraltar overcome the challenges they face.
The full text of the letter is as follows:
In these toughest of times, we write to offer the People of Gibraltar our heartfelt and steadfast support, as you stand strong in the face of Coronavirus and its economic implications.
As ever, we know that the unshakeable Gibraltarian spirit will ensure that the Rock conquers this crisis.
Tackling Covid-19 is likely to stretch the resources of the Government and People of Gibraltar just as it is stretching the Government and People of the United Kingdom. We are convinced that it will be important for Her Majesty’s Government in London to do what it can to support Gibraltar at this time. We are therefore urging Her Majesty’s Government to give Gibraltar whatever practical and, where appropriate, financial support it can to help Gibraltar overcome the challenges you face.
As proud former Governors, we know that Gibraltar will succeed in beating Coronavirus and, in doing so, assure the continued progression of the Rock’s prosperity.
Albeit from afar, we all hope it will be of some reassurance to know that we are shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with you, our Gibraltarian friends, as you take on this unprecedented endeavour with courage and determination.
With deepest respect,
Sir David Durie
Sir Francis Richards
Lieutenant General Sir Robert Fulton
Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns
Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton
Lieutenant General Edward Davis
It is understood that Admiral Sir Derek Reffell (91) and Field Marshal Sir John Chapple (88) are not included in the letter as they do not have access to email and therefore it was not possible to get in touch with them before Gibraltar goes into lockdown.
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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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