The death of one of Torremolinos' most popular entertainers has saddened the local expat community.
Doreen Chown, who had lived in Torremolinos for more than forty years, died shortly before Christmas, after being taken into hospital with a suspected hernia. She was 88.
Born in Willesden, London, Doreen embarked on a life in the entertainment world singing in a duo called The Beaux Belles.
Her career in Spain began in Mallorca in the early 1970s, but she soon discovered Torremolinos, where she began working as an entertainer in the Bajondillo Hotel. Doreen attained the position of entertainments director for the hotel, and also for Grand Circle Travel. She travelled widely in America promoting the hotel and the travel company, introducing hundreds of American tourists to Spain, mainly to Torremolinos.
Her nightly cabaret show in the Bajondillo hotel became famous among the guests and many would return annually just to hear her sing. Doreen was renowned for her remarkable range, and her repertoire of songs included styles as diverse as jazz, country and western, and London pub songs.
She became renowned for her generous spirit and caring nature, and she was popular with fellow artists and musicians.
Doreen also worked hard to support local charities, especially the local children's home, for which she organised a Christmas party every year. Doreen will be remembered as one of the great entertainers on the Costa del Sol.