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Lady Thatcher's death received with great sadness in Falkland Islands

Lady_ThatcherTHE  Falkland Islands Government received the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher this morning, "with great sadness."

Britain's first and only female Prime Minister has died of a stroke following years of ill health.

The Falklands War was seen as the defining moment in the career of the lady who sent a British Task Force to recapture the Falkland Islands after invasion and occupation by Argentine troops in 1982.

Image: Mrs Thatcher in the Falkland Islands in 1992 pictured with Islander Christine Hewitt

Member of Legislative Assembly Mike Summers said on behalf of the Islands' Government: "It is with great sadness that we received news of the death of Baroness Thatcher this morning.  She will be forever remembered in the Islands for her decisiveness in sending a task force to liberate our home following the Argentine invasion in 1982.  Our sincere gratitude was demonstrated in 1983 when she was granted the Freedom of the Falkland Islands.  Her friendship and support will be sorely missed, and we will always be thankful for all that she did for us.  The thoughts and deepest sympathies of all Falkland Islanders are with her family and friends at this sad time."

Flags are flying at half mast in the Falkland Islands today.

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