Sixties wild child returns to Torremolinos

Shelagh (l) reminisces with long-time friend, Lyn Volgarino during the party in Torremolinos.
Shelagh (l) reminisces with long-time friend, Lyn Volgarino during the party in Torremolinos. / T. BRYANT
  • Around 100 family and friends of Shelagh Tennant gathered to reminisce about the golden years of Torremolinos

A special tribute party was held last week to honour Shelagh Tennant, proprietor of one of the first English pubs in Torremolinos.

Shelagh, a former model noted for being the person who helped bring the Beatles to Spain, owned Shelagh's Bar during the early 1960s. The bar was one of the liveliest venues in the town and attracted both local expat residents and a string of visiting celebrities.

The party, held in the Galloping Major Bar, which is situated just a few doors along from Shelagh's old venue (now Tina's Pub) was organised by Torremolinos Chic, an online platform dedicated to preserving the history of Torremolinos. Around a hundred friends and family of the former wild-child, some of whom she hadn't seen in many years, gathered to reminisce about a period that most remember as 'the golden years of Torremolinos'.

Shelagh was overwhelmed by the turnout and spent the evening chatting with friends from both Torremolinos and Fuengirola, where she now lives.

“I didn't expect so many people to be here, but it is so lovely to see lots of familiar faces after such a long time,” an emotional Shelagh told SUR in English.

Long-time resident of Torremolinos, Lyn Volgarino, frequented Shelagh's pub during the 60s and she pointed out that it was definitely one of the liveliest haunts in the area: “It was one of those places that we all went to because Shelagh would get the best of British and American music long before anyone else. It really was one of the places that got it all going in Torremolinos. Shelagh and her staff were always very hospitable and I am so pleased to be here to celebrate with her tonight.”