WATCH: PM Theresa May’s message as Gibraltar celebrates National Day with a bit of rock!

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GIBRALTAR'S NATIONAL DAY: The flag flies proudly over the Rock. Photo credit: Shutterstock

GIBRALTAR is festooned in its colours of red and white as the Rock celebrates the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which saw the inhabitants of the Rock vote overwhelmingly in favour of remaining British.

National Day is celebrated annually on 10 September.

Prime Minister Theresa May has sent the British overseas territory a video message (scroll down).

In it she says, “Gibraltar is a vital part of the UK’s past, present and future, and I’m immensely proud to help you celebrate it today. Happy Gibraltar National Day to all.”

Tory MP Alan Duncan, the Minister for Europe and the Americas, is spending his second National Day in a row on the Rock.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is also in Gibraltar as the island celebrates it’s national day and has has been tweeting after being invited to speak by chief minister Fabian Picardo.

The official events begin with a children’s fancy dress competition followed by a street party at John Mackintosh Square where food and drink stalls are set up.

A school choir then sings songs with a Gibraltar theme, namely Llévame Donde Nací and Virgencita de Europa.

This is followed by the main event, the Mayor’s recitation of the names of the recipients of the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour and the reading of the Gibraltar National Day Declaration from the City Hall’s balcony.

Previously 30,000 red and white balloons, representing Gibraltar’s population, would have been released but no longer because of the threat that it poses to wildlife and marine wildlife in particular.

A fun day for children featuring bouncy castles and fairground rides is held at Grand Casemates Square.

And there is live music all afternoon at Governor’s Parade.

The day culminates with a half-hour-long synchronised fireworks display released from the Detached Mole in the Gibraltar Harbour at night followed by a rock concert in Casemates Square.

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