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Poppy wreaths laid on the Costa del Sol mark centenary of the end of World War I

British consul Charmaine Arbouin lays a wreath on the war graves in the English cemetery, Malaga.
British consul Charmaine Arbouin lays a wreath on the war graves in the English cemetery, Malaga. / L. PARRY
  • Consular representatives from the UK, Germany, Canada, France and the USA attended the ceremony at the English cemetery in Malaga

The international community came together in the English Cemetery in Malaga on Sunday morning for Remembrance Day, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I.

Consular representatives from Canada, the UK, France, the USA and Germany at the English cemetery.

Consular representatives from Canada, the UK, France, the USA and Germany at the English cemetery. / SUR

After a service at St George's, poppy wreaths were laid on the Commonwealth War graves. Among those laying wreaths were the Consular representatives of Canada, the UK, France, the USA and Germany.

The event was organised by the Royal Air Forces Association Costa del Sol, whose representatives also laid wreaths, along with the Royal British Legion and the English Cemetery Foundation among others.

Full theatre

Meanwhile the Salon Varietés theatre in Fuengirola was packed for the Remembrance Sunday ceremony organised by the Mijas Costa branch of the Royal British Legion.

Two flag bearers headed the opening parade, followed by members of the RBL and the 1st Fuengirola Scout group.

The president of the RBL Spain South district, Neil Toplis, led the ceremony, which included the playing of The Last Post and a two-minute silence.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion in the Salon Varietés theatre in Fuengirola.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion in the Salon Varietés theatre in Fuengirola. / R. H.

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the stage by Mijas Costa RBL chairman, Ruth Mokler, and representatives of the Scouts.

During his address, Toplis spoke of the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

There are no survivors left of the First World War, he said, so keeping the memory of the fallen alive is "down to us".

Fuengirola branch reopens

The president also stressed that his aim was to make sure the Royal British Legion expands in southern Spain. The Fuengirola branch, he explained, will reopen on 30 November at 8pm in Churchill's Bar, Los Boliches.

Meetings will be held in the evenings to attract people whose commitments prevent them from attending the morning meetings of the other branches on the Costa del Sol.

Poppy wreaths in the English cemetery.

Poppy wreaths in the English cemetery. / SUR