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Preserve culture

Photo: Wirt il-Kalkara

Photo: Wirt il-Kalkara

I refer to the article ‘Largest fort in Malta “falling apart”’ (May 14).

Aerial inspection of the place, perhaps by using a drone – after the necessary permits have been obtained, of course – could prove to be very revealing.

I used to visit Fort Ricasoli (picture) as a child and I recall seeing a cannon near the main gate. I do not know where it is now.

In the 1960s there were no gates, not even oil tanks. For us children, it was an adventure. They were happy days.

At Fort St Angelo, there are caves, which can be accessed from below the main gate. There is a tunnel and a well too. Anybody venturing inside should be careful because there were big cables. Years ago, I had also seen a large space that was used as a refrigeration room by the British.

In the tunnel there was also cornerstone probably for an arch somewhere – that had a date on it. It dated back to the 18th century. I do not know whether it is still there.

I write because culture is in my heart and I would like to share my knowledge of the Cottonera area, especially with the young. Years ago, I used to be a tourist guide.

Before I sign off, allow me to make a plea to continue with the idea of a Miniature Malta at Kalkara.

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