A bright day for Nerja

Visitors watch a flamenco performance by Escuela de Flamenco Elena.
Visitors watch a flamenco performance by Escuela de Flamenco Elena. / JENNIE RHODES
  • New and old associations came together for the international event for the 19th year running

The sun came out for the 19th Nerja Residents' Day last Sunday. The event started at 12 noon and was opened by local mayor, Rosa Arrabal, and foreign residents' councillor, Jorge Bravo.

It attracted around 2,500 people, many of whom are foreign residents in the town. Nerja's population, according to the latest figures is 22,121 people, of which 28 per cent (6,207 people) are foreign residents registered on the town hall 'padrón'. The biggest group is from the UK (2,122) and in total 81 countries are represented on Nerja's official census.

This year 36 different organisations participated in Residents' Day, two more than last year, each with their own stall either providing information about their services, raising money through tombolas, sales of cakes, drinks and other food or by selling products.

There were a number of new associations and businesses present this year, including Liz Brown, The English Nurse, who runs a company providing UK registered nursing care to English-speaking residents in the Axarquía area.

Another organisation which was there for the first time was U3A Axarquía. Members David Wiseman and John Maclennan said that it had definitely been worth having a stall as they had “had lots of visitors to the stall and a lot of interest”, adding, “Five or six people have confirmed that they will join us so far.”

Among the regulars were Cudeca, who were selling items donated to them such as clothes, jewellery and sunhats as well as selling tombola tickets; and the Nerja 41 Club, who were giving away samples of cakes baked by members from different countries. Animal charities, including Axarquía Animal Rescue, Costa Animal Society and Give Me Five, also had stalls at the event.

International Club members, Pauline, Maria, Joan, Lorna, Jude, Jan and Katy, who have been living in Nerja for between eight and 16 years respectively, said they come every year and enjoy the atmosphere. Pauline, who was also volunteering on the Royal British Legion stand, added, “It's really good because it's all for charity.”

Live music and dancing came from The Shanty Choir Andalucía, and local flamenco groups, Alboreá Juani and Elena, among others.