Shooters guard Falklands anthem
24 July 2002
The Falkland Islands shooting team have been entrusted with ensuring their victory anthem is played correctly at the Commonwealth Games.
Written by local song writer Rock Bernsten, the national anthem is a folk ballad telling a story of seaweed, penguins and kelp. It is meant to be rendered either unaccompanied or with a soft violin and folk guitar.
“We had to get permission from the Governor to use the song,” said chef de mission Patrick Watts. “We were very anxious that Manchester 2002 should have the correct arrangement to use at ceremonies, so I gave it to our shooting team on a mini-disk for safekeeping.”
The team will have their welcoming ceremony on Thursday at the Games Village in Manchester. The four-man shooting team includes Derek Petterson (FAI) whose father Tony was part of the first Falkland Islands Commonwealth Games entry to compete at Brisbane in 1982.
“I used to think that the Commonwealth Games was another world and we thought we’d never be involved,” said Watts. “It’s a great privilege to take part.”
Watts earned his place in history 20 years ago – he was the radio station manager who broke news of the Argentine invasion of his island in 1982.
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