British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, visited the English Cemetery in Malaga on Friday morning as members of the cemetery's trust, led by president Bruce McIntyre, offered him a guided tour of the premises and showed him the site where the new retaining 'green' wall will be built.
Construction on this wall is due to start in two months time after it was given the green light by Malaga city hall who granted funds for the project. As the cemetery is classified as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) by the Junta de Andalucía, the city hall will pay 90 per cent of the 100,000 euros needed, while the foundation will pay the remaining ten per cent. The works are expected to last three months.
Malaga mayor, Francisco de la Torre, was also invited on the tour and the ambassador extended his thanks for his support of the foundation.
The pair proceeded to lay wreaths on the graves of former consul William Mark and British Hispanist Gerald Brenan.