Today Malta celebrates Jum il-Helsien, (Freedom Day) which marks is the anniversary of the withdrawal of British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta in 1979.
Following protracted and sometimes tense talks, a new agreement was signed whereby the lease was extended till the end of March 1979 at a vastly increased rent. On 31 March 1979 the last British Forces left Malta.
For the first time in a millennium, Malta was no longer a military base of a foreign power and it became independent de facto as well as de jure.
Malta’s Celebrations took place in Vittoriosa at the stroke of midnight close to St Lawrence’s Church.
We came across this massive throwback footage showing what was happening on the 31st March, in 1979.
Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 Outbreak, all activities relating to Freedom Day in Vittoriosa, including the traditional Regatta have been cancelled.
Head over to the Facebook Page of Bay Retro for more throwbacks!