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Historical tributes at Malaga's English cemetery

Authorities took part in the memorial for the Gneisenau shipwreck victims.
Authorities took part in the memorial for the Gneisenau shipwreck victims. / SUR
  • Authorities remembered the 120th anniversary of the shipwreck of a German frigate, as well as laying flowers on the grave of an Irish hero

In addition to events in the run-up to Christmas, such as the Nine Lessons and Carols service at St George's Anglican church and the Christmas Fair, the English Cemetery in Malaga has been the scene of two commemorative events recently.

Torrijos ceremony

The tribute to Robery Boyd.

The tribute to Robery Boyd. / SUR

The Torrijos Association annually commemorates the ill-fated expedition of General Torrijos and his companions who aimed to overthrow the despot Fernando VII, and this year was no exception, albeit with fewer participants and no 19th century costumes.

As part of the commemoration they laid flowers at the grave of Robert Boyd, the romantic Irish hero figure who accompanied Torrijos and was shot alongside him on the beach in Malaga.

Shipwreck

Tribute was also paid last week to the crew of the Gneisenau, the German frigate which foundered just outside the port of Malaga in December 1900.

On this 120th anniversary of the tragedy German diplomats and military personnel gathered by the monument to those who lost their lives for a ceremony also attended by Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, and Bruce McIntyre, President of the English Cemetery in Malaga Foundation.

The recent Christmas Fair outside St George's Church.

The recent Christmas Fair outside St George's Church. / SUR

The English Cemetery Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the monumental garden and cemetery which is an integral part of the city's international heritage.

The cemetery is open to visitors and welcomes any donations. For more information http://cementerioinglesmalaga.org/