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Clubs and societies set to celebrate 20 years of Nerja's Residents' Day

Visitors enjoying Residents' Day last year.
Visitors enjoying Residents' Day last year. / J. R.
  • The event will start at 12pm in the Plaza de España on Sunday 24 March and will include a programme of live music and dancing as well as presentations of donations to charities

Nerja will be celebrating 20 years of Residents' Day this Sunday, 24 March, from 12pm on Plaza de España. The aim is to bring residents, visitors and holiday makers together, along with the numerous clubs, societies and charities that are based in the town.

This year 39 clubs and societies, including Cudeca Cancer Hospice, various animal charities, international organisations, the town hall and businesses will have stalls around the plaza, which is located behind the town hall near to the Balcón de Europa.

Su Maull from the Cudeca Hospice, which has been participating in the event for many years, said: "On our stall you'll find a tombola, a selection of clothes from our Nerja shop and hand-crafted items donated by one of our customers. All the money raised goes towards helping people with cancer."

Peter MacLeod, from the 41 Club, said: "We welcome the opportunity to promote our club. We have nearly 50 members from 10 different countries, with a big social side, monthly meetings with speakers as well as the charity work we do." Earlier this month the 41 Club presented the Nerja-based Taller de la Amistad (which will also be attending) with a 500 euro cheque.

In addition to the stalls, six of the participating organisations will also be running bars, selling typical food and drinks from the different countries represented.

There will be music and dancing on the stage throughout the day and at midday the town hall will be awarding Nerja's American International Club (AIC) a special honour in recognition of the work they do for the local community.

This will be followed at approximately 3.20pm with the presentation of a cheque from the AIC to the Cruz Roja (Red Cross), which will also have a stall at the event. Red Cross volunteer, Richard Weale, said, "The stall will be staffed by English-speaking volunteers and we will be able to answer questions about activities for older people and other services."

In the event of rain or strong winds, Residents' Day will be postponed until Sunday 31 March.