Month: April 2016

Free activities at Torrevieja’s ports on Sunday

Real Club Nautico and Marina International to ‘Open the Sea’ for the public This Sunday, May 1st will be an open doors day at Torrevieja’s Real Club Nautico and Marina International called “Abrimos el Mar” (We Open the Sea), an initiative which all the seafaring federations of the Valencian Community are promoting. Both ports will be offering free activities for the public to join in.   Councillor Fanny Serrano informed that it is way for people to find out what possibilities there are for them to take part in nautical activities, which she believes are a “fundamental way of promoting tourism that attracts a lot of people of different nationalities”. This type of sport is also “a great way to deseasonalise tourism”, and the Town Hall “knows it has to make better use of the port to make it much easier to take part in water sports”, she said. Marina International Manager Trinidad Pujante said she wants this day to “kick off the summer”. “We will show the public and especially the children what activities and lessons we have,” she explained and encouraged families to get involved as a way of celebrating Spanish Mother’s Day. Real Club Náutico Manager Carlos Torrado noted this is the first time the four Valencian nautical federations have united – rowing, sailing, diving and windsurfing. “The idea is for people to try things and,...

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Ambassador Simon Manley urges Brits to have their say in EU referendum

Deadline to register for a postal vote is the 16th of May More than 1000 expats per day in Spain are going online to the UK government webpage where Brits can register to vote in the EU referendum,www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The British Ambassador Simon Manley today (Friday 29 April) described the strong interest among British expats in voting in the referendum as ‘very encouraging’. Speaking in Malaga to partners of the British Consulate and local authority foreigners’ departments, who are helping to spread the voter registration message, Mr Manley said: “The Foreign Office is supporting the Electoral Commission’s campaign to encourage Brits overseas to register to vote, and I’m pleased that so many are already preparing to exercise their democratic right. “Whether your view is that the UK should remain in or leave the EU, I urge all eligible expats to register to vote in this historic referendum. You may have spent many years working or living in the UK and perhaps still have strong ties: family, property, or a pension. Whatever your circumstances, the chances are the referendum outcome will affect you or your family. “So make sure you can have your say. It is for the British people to decide whether we’re stronger, safer and better off as part of the European Union, or on our own.” Clicks on the www.gov.uk/register-to-vote from computer users with Spanish IP addresses have...

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Torrevieja to modify beaches bylaw so dogs can go in the sea

Plans for children’s environmental education programme on the beaches were also approved After the Torrevieja Local Government Meeting on Friday, spokeswoman Fanny Serrano said they approved a project to modify the beaches by law so that an area can be set out where dogs can go for a swim. They unanimously approved this modification of the bylaw on the use, safety and conservation of of the beaches as the first step towards eventually setting aside a portion of the coast for dogs accompanied by their owners. The councillor expected that by this summer they may have complied with all the legal requirements and legal deadlines to set this measure in motion. She also said a proposal she made as Councillor for the Environment was approved to contract out a programme of environmental information and education on the beaches of Torrevieja. This activity for children proved very popular last summer and so Serrano indicated they intend to make it official with a contract over several years. The meeting also deferred to a court sentence ordering the Town Hall to pay €62,106.75 to a local woman who was denied authorisation to set up a stall on the Paseo de la Libertad from 2006-2010. Serrano explained that the court recognised her right to the above amount in lost earnings and she blamed these consequences on the “bad management” of the PP council...

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Theatrical tours of Orihuela all year round

Miguel Hernández, the Armengola, Archbishop Coates and the Covered Gentleman are the main characters New theatrical tours of Orihuela start on Saturday, announced Councillor Sofia Álvarez. She explained the Town Hal has contracted a company from Murcia to put on 22 tours with various times and themes. This activity was a big success last year, with more then a thousand participants, noted the councillor. This time they hope to triple that number by putting on more tours for up to 100 people at a time instead of 50 and two per night, at 7pm and 9pm. In this way the tours, which last about an hour and a half, will finish just in time to go for a meal in the city. The tours will not be free ny more but they will only cost €4 per person, which will help to cover the €16,500 the Town Hall has paid to the company. The characters in the tour will be the Archbishop Loaces, Miguel Hernández, the Armengola and the Caballero Cubierto (Covered Gentleman). “Through them tourists and visitors will get to know our historic city centre in depth as they pass by the most representative buildings and monuments,” said Álvarez. She also noted the script will be changed three times to offer different tours over the course of the year. At the moment, the dates confirmed for the tours...

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Classical concert in Orihuela Costa

Two top soloists to join 45 strong choir In Harmony and Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra                             Spanish Mezzo Soprano, Belén Puente and 18 year old prodigy Soprano, Verity Hall Two top soloists will appear next Saturday, 7th May, in a concert in La Zenia. The concert includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as liturgical pot-boilers including Mozart’s Ave Verum and Laudate Dominum, Caccini’s Ave Maria, and the famous Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. The 45 strong chamber choir In Harmony will perform all the choral pieces. Orchestral items will be played by the professional Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Nigel Hopkins, include the Sinfonia from Messiah, Albinoni’s Adagio for Strings, and the famous Air on the G String by Bach. Professional Spanish singer and voice teacher, Belén Puente, will perform for the first time under Nigel Hopkins’ baton. The 18 year old singing sensation, Verity Hall, an exceptional pupil of Nigel Hopkins, will be the soprano soloist – along with Costa favourite Mary Beer. The concert will take place at the Centro Ecumenico – Cristo Resucitado church in Calle Diamante at La Zenia, Orihuela Costa starting at 8pm. There are a few tickets left, priced €12 (in support of the church building fund) available from La Ponderosa Gift Shop at La Zenia C.C. It is a concert not...

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