GIBRALTAR has marked its national holiday with a huge show of patriotism - and a clear warning to Spain, who still dispute British sovereignty of the Rock.
Waving banners and flags, one of which was emblazoned with the words “Gibraltar is British”, hundreds of Gibraltarians took to the streets of the Rock to celebrate today.
The holiday commemorates the 1967 referendum in which Gibraltarians were asked whether they wanted Spanish or British sovereignty.
Only 44 people voted in favour of Spain, resulting in a staggering 99.64 percent victory for British sovereignty.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said today he would fight to turn the “Brexit challenge into a Brexit win” and said the EU exit would “neither defeat nor define Gibraltar”.
He said: “In or out of the European Union, we are a hard-working people of peace, of goodwill, a people who will ensure that our Rock is always first, foremost and forever the homeland of the Gibraltarians.
“Our ancestors came from every shore of the Mediterranean and beyond, from Genoa, Malta, India, North Africa, Britain,” he said.