Celebrating 50 years in Spain

Presidents, past and present, celebrate the anniversary.
Presidents, past and present, celebrate the anniversary. / T.Bryant
  • The British Society looks back to its beginnings in 1967

More than fifty people gathered at the Villa Luisa in Benalmádena last week to celebrate the golden anniversary of the British Society on the Costa del Sol.

Among the guests who attended the event were current and former members, along with several past presidents and administration staff.

The guests enjoyed a buffet lunch and drinks while reminiscing about the society's achievements on the coast over the last 50 years.

The British Society, which was started by English couple Fred and Mona Heap, is one of the longest serving expat clubs on the Costa del Sol.

When the couple first arrived in Torremolinos in 1963, there were no British clubs on the coast, and so they decided to do something about it. The British consulate gave their plan considerable encouragement and the society was born in the early part of 1967.

Membership soon began to grow and by 1978, the British Society had more than 400 members, but over the years the membership numbers have dwindled.

At present, the club has around 60 members, but they need more people to join in order to ensure the club's prosperity.

Nick Potts, the society's secretary, told SUR in English, "Membership numbers have fluctuated over the years, but they have been sufficient to maintain a very valuable aid to a pleasant life for the British on the Costa del Sol."

Sandra Addison, current president, acknowledged all of the members who, over the years, have made the club what it is today.

"Today is a very special day, because 50 years is something we should all be very proud of. I hope it will continue for many years to come," Sandra said.