16 May, 2019 @ 11:09
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FLAG-RANT: Fabian Picardo steps in after American cruise ship infuriates Gibraltar with ‘Welcome to Gibraltor’ message printed on Spanish flag

OFFENSIVE: Sign welcoming passengers to Gibraltar featuring a Spanish flag (Courtesy of GBC)

A CRUISE ship captain has been forced to apologise after putting up an ‘offensive’ sign which welcomed his passengers to ‘Gibraltor’ – printed on a SPANISH flag. 

The sign outraged locals so much that Chief Minister Fabian Picardo ordered a port official to board the Koningsdam boat and order it be taken down.

Picardo also demanded that the captain of ship, from the US-based Holland America company, write a formal letter of apology.

The captain wrote a letter within the hour, saying he was sorry he used the wrong flag.

He said that he ‘fully respects the history of Gibraltar as a British territory’ and understands that ‘using the wrong flag can affect Gibraltarians’.

The captain added that his team would revise their on-board procedures to ensure these type of errors don’t happen in the future.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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