Ash Bolton


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Ashley Bolton was born in Bristol in 1980 and has lived on the Costa del Sol since 2010. He graduated in Journalism (BA Honours) at Southampton Solent University before becoming a Senior Reporter at the Southern Daily Echo in 2008. The award-winning journalist has worked for SUR in English since April 2011.

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03/05/2021 10:32


Pounding the pavement for charity in Gibraltar

Dozens of runners braved the rain to raise £265 during a 7km charity run in Gibraltar last Saturday. The event was organised by local running club Carpe Diem and saw 36 runners from various clubs run in aid of the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporatio

26/04/2021 17:58


From boat to books - via cats, dogs and lessons taught and learned

He's a familiar face to countless foreign residents living in the Manilva area. But there's an interesting story behind how Brit Steve Davies came to be living and working on the Costa del Sol. Steve was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 1

31/03/2021 23:54


Gibraltar runners put their hats on for brain tumour research

A Gibraltar running club is celebrating after raising £242 for the UK-based charity Brain Tumour Research last weekend. Dozens of runners raised awareness and funds by donning colourful hats during a five-kilometre club race. The club then held a r

26/03/2021 18:28


More than 50 years dancing in Estepona

If you ever take a stroll through Estepona's Plaza Deloris Perlmutter and wondered what the story was behind the name - well read on. Deloris was born in Washington DC in 1940 and grew up with two brothers, a truck-driver dad and a stay-at-home mum

15/01/2021 14:29

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Gib police officer celebrates raising over £7,000 climbing steps

A Royal Gibraltar Police officer swapped his polished boots for climbing shoes to complete a gruelling challenge in December. Tony Gaul went up the Rock's Med Steps 24 times over two days - climbing over 10,000 metres and 76km in the process. Dur

08/05/2020 19:54


'I miss a normal day at work on set or even just going for a coffee'

It may have halted the filming of a new TV series in the north of Spain last month, but the coronavirus hasn't stopped one of its leading actresses from living her life. Itziar Fay is set to star in the English language series Glow and Darkness alo

08/05/2020 15:48


Community spirit thrives in the marina

A group of residents quarantined at a marina have found a novel way to help fight the coronavirus and support the local economy - by buying their supplies locally in La Línea. Around 30 families have been stuck on their boats since the lock down be

24/04/2020 19:11


A barking mad fundraiser

An Estepona resident is raising funds for traumatised dogs by wearing a dog cone non-stop for five days. Brit Russ Godwin started the dog rescue and rehoming shelter HEART (Happy Ever After Rescue Team) two years ago with his partner Hollie. But si

31/03/2020 18:41


'I've always been a bit of an action man'

To say Franky Lankester is a bit of an action man is somewhat of an understatement. To date he's been a Royal Dutch Marine, a firefighter in Holland, a body guard for the rich and famous and a martial arts instructor in Marbella. But nowadays you

10/01/2020 12:06


Marathon effort raises £1,611 for Gibraltar charity

A Gibraltar woman is celebrating after raising £1,611 for charity in memory of her grandfather. Abigail Evans raised the money by running every single day of 2019 in aid of the Gibraltar Alzheimer's & Dementia Society. The 29-year-old decided to ta

10/01/2020 11:41


Volunteers deliver free meals to those in need on Christmas Day

A team of volunteers helped dish out some Christmas cheer by delivering free meals to those facing the day alone. Louise Jones and her family led a team of 10 volunteers to deliver 33 festive dinners to people who otherwise wouldn't have had a meal

10/12/2019 10:54


World's most expensive Christmas tree unveiled in Estepona

Bosses at an Estepona hotel claim to have put up the world's most expensive Christmas tree. The festive showstopper is valued at over 12 million euros and was unveiled at the Kempinski Hotel last Saturday during the hotel's Christmas market. Deco

22/11/2019 17:04


Charity launches annual Christmas present appeal in Manilva

A Manilva-based charity has launched its annual festive scheme to give local underprivileged children presents this Christmas. The St George Charity is hoping to deliver gifts to more than 500 children from Manilva and Casares as well as those who

22/11/2019 16:26


Costa choir sings with love to raise funds for Sarah

Members of an international choir are celebrating after raising 1,500 euros for charity at a concert in Estepona earlier this month. The concert was organised by the Love to Sing Choir and was in aid of local girl Sarah Almagro, who lost her feet a

08/11/2019 16:32


A lifelong passion for music

It's fair to say that music has been a life long passion for Manilva resident Shirley Helleur. Born in Leicester, she grew up in the city and at the age of 18 went on to study music at the University of Hull. CHARITY CONCERT When. Friday 8 November

29/10/2019 15:56

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Love To Sing Broadway show to raise funds for Sarah Almagro

An international community choir will perform a concert in Estepona on Friday 8 November in aid of a girl who lost her hands and feet following an illness. Organised by the Love to Sing Choir, the event will help buy prosthetics for local Spanish g

11/10/2019 18:15


Prizes dished out at Marbella film festival

Organisers are celebrating after staging the biggest Marbella International Film Festival to date. Now in its 14th year the event saw a number of films sold out during their world premieres. THE WINNERS Best Shorter Short Film. Angel. Best Short

04/10/2019 15:21


"Madrid is the most vibrant city I've lived in"

He's an English actor famous for playing Archie Mitchell in Eastenders, Mick Shipman in Gavin and Stacey and for getting covered in snakes during I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Now Larry Lamb is set to hit the screens again when he stars in th

04/10/2019 14:36


"This is our third visit to the festival. It's a favourite for us"

Stephen, who started his career as an actor in the National Youth Theatre, and has now directed eight feature films, told SUR in English: "The film is based on a successful play written by Steven Berkoff. He got the idea from being surrounded by colo

02/10/2019 15:05

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"It was great fun but it all felt like a dream"

Kris Marshall said he got involved in the film as he's been friends with Craig and Dean Lennox Kelly and other members of the cast for many years. He told SUR in English: "Craig asked me if I'd be interested and it was a pleasure to be a part of a

02/10/2019 15:05

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"It's always good to have familiarity when playing a couple"

In the film Maimie plays Gemma, Greg Kielty's partner. She said: "They have a new baby so they're in the early stages of parenthood. Gemma is super capable and is the driving force in their family, but we meet her at the end of her tether with Greg

30/09/2019 14:40


48 hours in Melilla

It was around 5.30am when we roared nonchalantly into Melilla on two wheels after spending eight hours on the overnight ferry from Malaga. MELILLA FACTS Size and location. Melilla is around 12 km2 (4.7 sq. mi) and one of two permanently-inhabited S

27/09/2019 14:44


Biggest turnout yet for Marbella Irish festival

A bigger turnout than expected saw more than 5,000 revellers pack a Marbella park for the town's annual Irish International Music Festival last weekend. During the three-day event, a number of Irish and Spanish performers took to the stage in the

20/09/2019 11:02


British gangster movie shot in Marbella to premiere at local festival

A British crime movie filmed across Marbella and Estepona is to get its world premiere in Puerto Banús on 4 October. Rise of the Footsoldier Marbella follows British gangster Pat Tate who travels to the Costa del Sol town after escaping prison in t

13/09/2019 14:49


Bocelli delights fans as part of Gibraltar National Day celebrations

Not one, not two, but three. That's how many standing ovations were given to Andrea Bocelli at the end of his concert in Gibraltar last Monday evening. Billed as the biggest selling solo classical artist of all time, the Italian singer performed to

13/09/2019 11:28


Golfers tee off in Marbella to help the needy at home and abroad

A Marbella charity is celebrating after receiving 3,500 euros from several fundraising golf events this summer. Collective Calling is set to use the money to help local homeless people in Marbella and Malaga, as well as street children in Tanzania.

13/09/2019 11:24


Marbella shows off it's top dogs

Animal shelter Triple A's annual dog show has helped raise 3,500 euros for the town's abandoned and mistreated animals. Some 400 dog lovers attended the fundraiser last Sunday 8 September, which was organised by the volunteer run charity. The cas

13/09/2019 11:21


Fans flock to see stars at Gibraltar music festival

Thousands of music fans descended on the Rock to watch some of the world's most famous musicians at the Gibraltar Calling Music Festival last weekend. Now in its eighth year, the two-day event sold out just days before the festival gates opened at

06/09/2019 14:33


Charity dinner in Sabinillas raises thousands for Cudeca

A charity fundraiser at a popular expat restaurant raised 4,620 euros for the cancer hospice Cudeca last Friday. Some 150 guests helped raise the funds during the event at the Roman Oasis restaurant in Sabinillas. The restaurant shut down last su

06/09/2019 10:34


Calling for men to create harmony

An international community choir based in Manilva is looking for more male singers to join its ranks. The Love to Sing Choir currently has around 50 members but only 10 of them are male. Founded in September 2017, the choir performs concerts alon

02/09/2019 15:19


Wine o'clock in Manilva

Thousands of wine fans descended on Manilva for the town's 40th annual Manilva Grape Harvest Festival last weekend. The town was full to bursting as a feria-like atmosphere saw live music, food stalls and impromptu bars line the town's main street.