Falkland islanders celebrate being landmine free – after nearly 40 years

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image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionYorke Beach, near Stanley, has been closed since the 1982 Falklands conflict

Falkland Islanders have been celebrating the day their beaches and coves have been declared free of landmines – after almost 40 years.

The British overseas territory was peppered with an estimated 13,000 mines by Argentine forces in the 1982 conflict.

On hand for the mine-free declaration day was Welsh-born doctor Barry Elsby.

He is one of the islanders who has never walked on the last beach to be cleared, Yorke Beach near Stanley.

He moved to the Falklands with his wife for a two-year medical contract in 1990, and never left.

He is now one of the islands' eight members of the legislative assembly governing the 2,500 population.

"I have friends who were born here after the 1982 conflict, and have never been able to stroll along this beach," he said.

"We are looking forward to reclaiming the beach by blowing up the last mines.

"This will be another good bit of closure for people who were here when the invasion happened and lived through the horrors of that time.