Provincial pride knows no borders

Provincial president Elías Bendodo (c) with award winners in Monda.
Provincial president Elías Bendodo (c) with award winners in Monda. / Ñito Salas
  • British ambassador Simon Manley was among the recipients of Malaga awards on Thursday

The celebration of the 15th Day of the Province took place in the church of Santiago Apóstol in Monda, built in 1505 on the site of a former mosque.

Held on 26 April every year since 2004, the event commemorates the date the first democratic provincial corporation was constituted after the dictatorship, and highlights Malaga's identity and roots.

Every year gold medals and other distinctions are presented by the provincial government to outstanding individuals and institutions in the fields of culture, the arts, science, research, education, sport, charity, environmental protection and economic entrepreneurs.

This year the recipients of the awards were the Hermanitas de los Pobres, the newspaper El Sol de Antequera, Olympic bronze medallist Regino Hernández and businessman Federico Beltrán, all of whom were presented with the gold medal of the province.

There was also a special award for the UK's Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, after the proposal was approved by the provincial government with votes in favour from the PP, Ciudadanos and the PSOE. The IU and Malaga Ahora parties abstained.

On receiving the award the ambassador highlighted the links between Malaga and the UK. “This province is in the hearts of the British,” he said, adding that Brexit would not stop Britons visiting and investing in the province