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Gibraltar prepares for a fun-filled National Day on Monday

The Muscle Biplane will be entertaining Gibraltar on Monday.
The Muscle Biplane will be entertaining Gibraltar on Monday. / SUR
  • This is the day when Gibraltarians dress in their national colours of red and white and celebrate in their own inimitable style

September 10th is National Day every year, when people dress in Gibraltar's colours of red and white and enjoy a day packed with entertainment and activities, most of them taking place in the emblematic Casemates Square.

It was decided a few years ago to discontinue the tradition of releasing thousands of red and white balloons, for environmental reasons, but this year there will still be plenty going on in the sky above as there will be three aerobatic displays by Richard Goodwin, an ex-RAF Tornado pilot, in his highly-modified Pitts Special S2S, 'The Muscle Biplane'.

The aircraft's extensive modification programme has given this biplane enhanced capabilities, allowing it to perform its unique brand of aerobatics.

The government has also decided to contract a local drone operator to provide photographic support throughout the celebrations.

The activities begin with live music and dance performances from 9.30am, and there will be a twinning ceremony between Gibraltar and Jamaica at 11.40am.

Former Chief Minister Sir Joe Bossano is to be presented with the Freedom of the City at noon, and the political rally takes place at 12.15pm.

The aerobatic displays take place over different parts of the Rock at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 pm, and the fun continues throughout the afternoon and into the evening, with a Rock Concert from 9pm until 12.30am in Casemates and a firework display at Detached Mole at 10.30pm.

National Day is organised by the Self-Determination for Gibraltar Group, and it is a time when Gibraltarians celebrate their heritage and express their pride in being British.