Torremolinos town hall held a special Independence Day plenary session this week in order to vote on a proposal to honour the town's British community.
With the approval of all political parties, it was decided that the Medalla de Torremolinos will be awarded to the expat British residents in recognition of their contribution to the economic, social and cultural backcloth of Torremolinos.
This is the highest distinction given by the town council, and the announcement of this year's award coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of the town's independence from Malaga.
The award will be accepted by the British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, at a presentation ceremony that will take place in Torremolinos at the end of October.
There has been a large British community in Torremolinos since the tourist boom of the 1960s. At present there are 1,589 British citizens registered on the electoral census in Torremolinos, which constitutes 12 per cent of registered foreigners, and almost 2.5 per cent of all registered voters in Torremolinos.