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Tony Bryant was born in London in 1961 and he has lived in Andalusia since 1994. He is the author of several books of Spanish theme and has worked as a journalist at SUR in English since January 2016.

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26/05/2017 14:28

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Coín celebrates annual orange festival with local gastronomy

More than 8,000 people enjoyed the twenty-first edition of the Fiesta de la Naranja in Coín last Sunday. This popular festival, which was declared a festival of cultural interest by the Malaga provincial government in 2004, coincides with the harve

26/05/2017 13:36

Sport

A dream treble for Mijas community football club

The Field of Dreams Community Football Club in Mijas is celebrating a treble after three of their junior teams triumphed in their respective leagues this season. The community football club encourages children to develop their skills in order to pl

26/05/2017 11:00

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Four wheels for the next Cudeca fundraising event

One of the next events organised to raise funds for the Cudeca Cancer Hospice in Benalmádena is a charity car rally. The event, which is sponsored by Porsche dealer Sportwagen Marbella, will be held on Saturday 3 June. Registration of vehicles will t

25/05/2017 14:43

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Torremolinos hosts fourth Ruta del Rock

The centre of Torremolinos will become a huge stage this weekend, when the town hosts the fourth edition of the Ruta del Rock; a live music festival with more than 60 concerts taking place in 36 bars and restaurants in the town. The half-hourly sh

25/05/2017 14:27

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The healing power of art

The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is hosting a new exhibition of works by French surrealist artist, Gabrielle Ange. 'The Journey of the Soul', an exhibition of paintings in oil on canvas, is a collection of colourful works that focus

19/05/2017 20:36

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Cudeca expecting good turnout for this year's Walkathon

Cudeca will be celebrating the fifteenth edition of its popular Walkathon on Sunday 21 May. The fundraising walk will consist of three routes. The main ten kilometre walk will begin at 10.30am, whereas the two and five kilometre walks will start at 1

19/05/2017 14:13

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"The amateur music society has been my life"

Collegium Musicum, an amateur choir and orchestra that was formed in 1975, will be giving a series of concerts on the coast during the last week of May. Their popular concerts are held twice yearly, but most people may fail to recognise the amount of

19/05/2017 11:48

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Cudeca launches second furniture outlet in Arroyo de la Miel

The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice opened its second charity furniture shop in Benalmádena last week. The new store, which is situated next to an existing Cudeca shop, will be the third in Arroyo de la Miel, bringing the total of Cudeca shops to 19 in th

12/05/2017 17:45

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12 May 1930: Jesús Franco is born

Born in Malaga on 12 May 1930, Jesús 'Jess' Franco Manera was a Spanish film director, writer, composer and cinematographer. He wrote and directed more than 160 motion pictures in his lifetime, encompassing a wide variety of genres. Franco began hi

12/05/2017 13:51

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Espeto music festival

INFORMATION When: Saturday 13 May. Where: Football stadium, Torremolinos. Tickets: www.canalticket.es Lovers of live music are in for an extra special treat this Saturday, 13 May, when Torremolinos presents the second edition of the Espeto Fes

12/05/2017 13:51

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Mad, comic genius heads for the Costa

Three of Britain's most talented stand-up comedians are to take part in a one-off show tomorrow night at the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola. INFORMATION Where. Salón Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola When. Saturday 13 May, 8pm Tickets. Tickets

12/05/2017 11:44

Local

Charity race in Cártama aids underprivileged families

More than 500 people participated in the eighth edition of the San Isidro Solidarity Race in Cártama last Friday. As in previous years, the race had been organised to raise awareness of the problems faced by the town's underprivileged families. In

12/05/2017 11:40

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Al's Ramblers raise 3,500 euros during recent sponsored hike

An intrepid group of walkers have raised an impressive 3,500 euros, after completing a 22km sponsored hike through the Coín mountains last weekend. The fundraising walk was organised by the Coín-based inland hiking group, Al's Ramblers, and the 19

05/05/2017 13:26

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Revisiting the Costa del Sol of the 1950s

Torremolinos is considered to be the town that started the tourism boom on the Costa del Sol, and it was once the preferred destination of the wealthy, the famous, and money-rich expats who arrived from all corners of the globe. But what was the town

05/05/2017 12:01

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Open day to raise funds for SEARCH

·www.serch.es SEARCH is holding an open day and natural horse training demonstration on Saturday, 6 May. Local horse trainer, Michelle Peschke, will be on hand to give demonstrations and she will be available to answer questions on all aspects of

05/05/2017 11:52

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Natural soap workshop

INFORMATION When: Saturday 6 May Where: Casa de Laila, Camino Ardalejos, 7, Alhaurín El Grande, Tickets: 47.50EUR Alhaurín el grande. A natural soap making workshop, organised by Essía Organic Body Care, will be held in Alhaurín el Grande on Satu

04/05/2017 14:37

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Lux Mundi seeks volunteers to help the homeless in Fuengirola

The Lux Mundi ecumenical centre is appealing for volunteers to help with the daily running of its facility in Fuengirola. The Christian charity, which has been serving people of all nationalities for more than 40 years, maintains its centre thanks

04/05/2017 13:35

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Sundown Sounds music festival

INFORMATION When: From today and then every Thursday throughout the summer. Concerts will start at 8pm (9pm in July). Where: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, La Cala de Mijas . Tickets: Free admission. ·Information : www.costadeldisco.com La Cala de

28/04/2017 16:07

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The multicultural Feria de los Pueblos gets under way in Fuengirola

INFORMATION When: Thursday 27 April - Monday 1 May, 1pm to 4am. Where: Fuengirola fairground. Parade: Saturday 29 April at 11.30 from Plaza de España. The twenty-third edition of the Feria de los Pueblos kicked off in Fuengirola on Thursday and

28/04/2017 15:31

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Costa del Sol journalists glimpse the Torremolinos of the future

Members of the foreign media sector on the Costa del Sol learned more of Torremolinos council's plans and expectations for the future at a social forum held in the town last week. The meeting, under the title of 'Torremolinos, rebirth of an icon',

24/04/2017 16:27

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Cudeca raises 3.6 million euros going into anniversary year

The Cudeca Foundation has reason to celebrate this year, having now provided palliative care to patients in the final days of their lives for a quarter of a century. During their annual results presentation last Wednesday, Joan Hunt, founder of Cud

21/04/2017 17:55

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Have the English tired of St George?

Sunday 23 April is the day when English nationals celebrate St George's Day. However, even though he is perhaps one of Christianity's most venerated saints, the English seem to have virtually turned their backs on him over the years. His achievem

21/04/2017 14:45

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Mods and Rockers revival

The local mods and rockers will be polishing their Vespas and tuning their Triumphs in preparation for the forthcoming 'folk devils' soirée in Torremolinos this weekend. INFORMATION When: Saturday 22 April. Where. Caseta Municipal, Recinto de fe

21/04/2017 14:40

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King's Day celebrations

INFORMATION When: Thursday 27 April. Where: La Carihuela, Torremolinos. Information: www.torremolinos.es The streets and bars in La Carihuela, Torremolinos, will be decked out in bright orange next Thursday, in recognition of Koningsdag (King'

21/04/2017 12:19

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Jorge, or Jordi, is venerated in Spain

St George is also the patron saint of Catalonia (San Jordi), Aragón (San Jorge) and Cáceres in Extremadura. The legend popular all over Catalonia is said to have occurred in Montblanc, where a dragon constantly attacked the kingdom. The petrified i

21/04/2017 10:29

Local

Classical concert to mark 25 years of care

The Cudeca Foundation will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary with a commemorative concert at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga next Tuesday. Under the direction of Salvador Vázquez, the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Malaga will perform a cla

12/04/2017 13:12

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Preserving the traditions of Spain in art

A former plumber, tutor and newspaper cartoonist, 55-year-old Chandy Haggett is probably one of the most innovative artists living on the Costa del Sol today. Born in London in 1962, Chandy's life has been far from conventional and her journey to b

12/04/2017 13:03

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Two exhibitions, in Malaga and Coín

Chandy is currently holding two exhibitions in Malaga province. She has a permanent show in the Artsenal gallery in Muelle Uno, a place where Chandy can be found most days. This creative gallery has become, as she is keen to point out, her home from

12/04/2017 12:12

Sport

British mixed martial arts fighter takes Spanish title in Las Palmas

A British mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has taken the coveted Spanish featherweight title during the recent Ansgar Fighting League championships. Jay Cucciniello reached the finals, which were held in Las Palmas last Saturday 25 March, after tri

07/04/2017 15:52

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Exotic plant exhibition

The eleventh edition of the Feria de Plantas de Coleccíon, the plant fair, is to be held in La Paloma Park in Benalmádena next weekend. The three day event will commence on Friday 14 (Good Friday) and will continue until Sunday 16 April. The show w

07/04/2017 14:59

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'Glow of Aurora' glass art visits Fuengirola

An exhibition promoting the best Finnish glass designers of the last century will be on show in the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola in April. As part of a series of events to commemorate the centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence, El R

31/03/2017 15:04

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Artistic reflections

The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to present an exhibition of photographic work by British artist, Ginny Aston. INFORMATION When: Friday 7 April until Thursday 18 May. Where. Magpie International Gallery, Marbella. Opening ti

31/03/2017 13:09

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Southern soul in the moonlight

More than 400 people attended a concert given by Otis Redding III at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena last Friday night. Son of the legendary 'King of Soul', the gospel-influenced singer performed some of his father's most celebrated hits, inclu

31/03/2017 11:32

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Breaking new ground in decoration

Two entrepreneurs from Romania have shown that starting a new business in a foreign country does not have to be as daunting or as stressful as it seems. Andreea Curca and her sister, Luisa Hüttinger, have recently turned their business idea into a

31/03/2017 11:13

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Work to begin on new train station in Torremolinos in January 2018

Torremolinos town hall has announced an innovative project for a new, modern Cercanías train station with easy access for people with disabilities. Madrid based architects, Estudio Lamela Arquitectos, have been commissioned to design the new statio

24/03/2017 16:07

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"Music has to have feeling and emotion"

The son of one of the most legendary soul singers in the history of modern music is performing a one-off gig in Benalmádena this evening, Friday. ·The concert : Otis Redding III performs at the Moonlight Venue at Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena at

17/03/2017 15:17

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The mysterious Apostle of Ireland

St Patrick's Day parties and parades will be taking place all around the world today, as Irish nationals remember the Apostle of Ireland, the most celebrated saint of them all. ST PATRICK'S EVENTS Benalmádena. Mass will be held in the Iglesia de la

17/03/2017 14:23

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Malaga's links with famous Irish nationals

The roots that link Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people might think. Among the Irishmen who found a prominent place in the history of the city was a leather tanner named Thomas Livermore Page. His name is etched into Malaga'

17/03/2017 13:51

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Fuengirola hairdressers raise more than 3,000 euros for Cudeca

The Cudeca foundation held their latest fundraising extravaganza in Fuengirola last weekend. Under the banner of 'Hair to Care', a charity hair-cutting session took place in Petro Hair Salon in Los Boliches, and CR Hair Stylist in Fuengirola. Both es

17/03/2017 11:51

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20 years serving the Irish community in Spain

Thousands of Irish nationals, and those who assume the identity for the day, are gearing up for the biggest party of the year. St Patrick's Day celebrations will be taking place all along the Costa del Sol today, and gallons of Guinness will be co

10/03/2017 19:03

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Torremolinos to host St Patrick's party

INFORMATION When: Midday until 6pm. Saturday 18 March. Where. Plaza la Nogalera, Torremolinos. Tickets Free entry. Torremolinos is to celebrate St Patrick's Day in the Plaza de la Nogalera on Saturday 18 March. A traditional party has been

10/03/2017 12:07

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Finca Vida presents its second art exhibition in Alhaurín El Grande

A new art exhibition presented by the Finca Vida group is currently on show at the Casa de Cultura in Alhaurín El Grande. The exhibition, 'Illusions', includes works in charcoal, oil, watercolours, chalk and acrylic, and all are the works of local ex

10/03/2017 10:49

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Top architect to design new look for Torremolinos

The town hall in Torremolinos has announced that renowned architect, Salvador Moreno Peralta, will coordinate the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol. The planning department of the town hall disclosed the plans for the new look during la

03/03/2017 15:25

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3 March 1875: Premiere of Carmen

On 3 March 1875, French composer, Georges Bizet, premiered what was to become one of the most successful works in the entire opera repertoire. Bizet achieved few successes before the grand production of Carmen, a love story about a naïve soldier ca

03/03/2017 14:02

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Carnival drag queen gala

INFORMATION When. 9pm, Saturday 4 March. Where. C/Plaza La Nogalera, Torremolinos. Tickets. Free entry. The first edition of the Gala Drag Queen del Carnival Gay will be held in Torremolinos on Saturday 4 March. This colourful drag queen gal

24/02/2017 14:38

Local

Celebrating 50 years in Spain

More than fifty people gathered at the Villa Luisa in Benalmádena last week to celebrate the golden anniversary of the British Society on the Costa del Sol. Among the guests who attended the event were current and former members, along with several

24/02/2017 12:36

Local

A lifelong dedication to the Legion

On October 9 1987 an article in SUR in English informed of the forthcoming opening of the first branch of the Royal British Legion in Spain. This year, the Legion will be celebrating its thirtieth year on the coast and it is down to the sheer hard

17/02/2017 17:38

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From gypsy jazz to La Voz and back

A successful career in the music business is something that most musicians can only dream about, but 37-year-old Manu González believes that simple determination and passion is the key to success. Born in Malaga in 1979, Manu González knew from an

17/02/2017 15:11

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Foundation brings a smile to eight-year-old Miguel and his family

The family of an eight-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy has thanked The Smile Foundation for its support and assistance and during their son's hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment. Miguel López Jordán received the specialist treatment (H

17/02/2017 13:46

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Carnival: breaking down social barriers

The prominent travel writer, Richard Ford, once questioned how the people of Andalusia managed to 'keep themselves', as every day seemed to be a holiday. CARNIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Marbella. Marbella holds its carnival from 12 February until 4 March. A

17/02/2017 13:30

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Soul in the Moonlight

Otis Redding III, whose father had worldwide hits with '(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay' and 'These Arms of Mine', is to perform at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena on Friday 24 March. INFORMATION What. Soul concert by American singer Otis Redd

17/02/2017 13:23

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British Society prepares to mark fifty years on the Costa del Sol

The British Society, one of the longest serving expat clubs on the Costa del Sol, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, they are hosting a buffet lunch on 17 February at their headquarters in Benalmádena. The event

06/02/2017 20:25

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Taking the gospel to the streets of NYC

When 19-year-old James Harper told his parents that he had decided to work with a charity in New York, they had certain reservations about his decision. James had volunteered to help dysfunctional families in areas like Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem and

06/02/2017 14:05

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3 February 1937: The Battle of Malaga

The Battle of Malaga, which began in Ronda on 3 February 1937, was an offensive carried out by the Nationalist and Italian forces during the Spanish Civil War. The assault was a combined effort to eradicate the Republicans' hold over the province o

03/02/2017 14:12

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Belgian mother on 1,000km barefoot walk for charity

An energetic Belgian mother has embarked on a 1,000-kilometre barefoot hike in order to raise awareness of poverty in Kenya. Ilse Longuet began her gruelling sponsored hike on 11 November. She decided to walk barefoot from Barcelona to Gibraltar to

01/02/2017 17:18

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A life-long dedication to marine birds

Mother Nature is full of mysterious beauty for those who care to look for it, and sometimes a chance encounter that lasts just a few minutes can justify months or even years of steadfast dedication. Andy Paterson, a 74 year-old expat who has lived

31/01/2017 18:42

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Rock 'n' rollin'

Rockin Race Jamboree When: Wednesday 1 February until Sunday 5 February Where: Príncipe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium and at various locations around Torremolinos. Tickets: Tickets cost 35 euros for each session. A bonus ticket that entitles

27/01/2017 12:43

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Cudeca celebrates 25 years of palliative care in Spain

Cudeca launched its twenty-fifth anniversary year this week with a look back at its history. During a presentation on Wednesday, founder, Joan Hunt, reminisced about her dream and how it all came together. The meeting was organized to thank all

20/01/2017 15:00

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Royal British Legion told it must learn to blow its own trumpet

The Royal British Legion Spain South district held its annual conference in Torremolinos on Thursday last week. The meeting was attended by members of RBL branches in Gibraltar, Marbella, Coín, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Alhaurín el Grande and Moll

20/01/2017 14:57

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The Force is with the Cudeca Goldies

The Cudeca Goldies hosted their monthly charity bazaar in Los Boliches last Sunday. The fair was held in the Ilunion Hotel and hundreds of people took advantage of the glorious weather in order to support the event. The Goldies, whose motto is, '

20/01/2017 14:37

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Trials and tribulations of life in Zambia

In 1980, Ann Patras decided it was time to do something different with her life, and so she rounded up her family and headed to Zambia. Initially on a two-year contact, the family eventually left Zambia in 1989, moving down to South Africa where th

17/01/2017 10:31

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Torremolinos town hall receives new mini-bus for disabled students

...torremolinos. Torremolinos town hall has accepted the kind donation of a new mini bus. The bus has been specially adapted for the use of providing transport for students with reduced mobility. The bus, which seats eight, including two passenger

17/01/2017 10:30

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Industrial heritage uncovered in the centre of Torremolinos

The remains of a nineteenth century mill have been uncovered in the Cuesta del Tajo, the street that joins Calle San Miguel with the Bajondillo beach in Torremolinos. Following recent cleaning work carried out on the historical area of the town, th

17/01/2017 10:30

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Learning for pleasure on the Costa del Sol

There comes a time in many people's lives when they feel that they may have missed out on their true vocation. Maybe we feel that we should have pursued our particular goal or career, and yet once we reach 50, we inevitably believe that the chance ha

17/01/2017 10:11

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Pensioner receives new mobility scooter from the Lions Club

A Mijas resident received an extra special surprise when she arrived at the Casa de Cultura last week, as she was handed the keys to a brand new mobility scooter that was donated by the La Cala Lions Club. Paul Butler, the club president, presented

17/01/2017 10:11

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Mijas Costa welcomes newest International Rotary Club in Spain

A new English-speaking International Rotary Club is to open in Mijas Costa in January 2017. Rotary International is an organisation whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services. Th

06/01/2017 13:51

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Torremolinos enters the new year with optimism

Taking stock of 2016, the Mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, declared that it had been an important year for Torremolinos, and he believes that the coming year will be one of great development for the town. In his end of year address, the mayor ack

30/12/2016 10:04

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Music for charity

EVENT DETAILS When. 29 January Where. Goya Theatre, Puerto Banús Tickets. Tel 63928753 Information. stevepkm@gmail.com A solidarity concert is to be staged at The Goya Theatre in Puerto Banús on 29 January 2017 with all proceeds going toward