The Royal British Legion Spain South hosted Remembrance Day services along the Costa del Sol and inland last week to honour those who lost their lives in conflict. Several branches were out on parade for the first time since the pandemic, which severely disrupted last year’s events.
Along with the service held at the St George's Church in Malaga, other events included a service at the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola, which reopened its doors on Sunday to the Mijas Costa and Marbella branches of the Legion. The service was led by the RBL Spain South President, Neal Toplis. The 1st Fuengirola Scout Group and the Ark Explorers participated in the parade once again this year, along with the Standard Bearers from both branches.
Mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, laid a wreath at an Armistice Day service next to the Tree of Peace in the Parque La Paloma on Thursday 11 November. Along with members of the Royal Air Force Association, the event was attended by RBL president Neal Toplis; the US consul, Roberta Aaron; the vice-consul of the United Kingdom, Dominic Jackson; members of the Irish Society; and Gary Benham, a representative of the Welsh Society Costa del Sol, who acted as master of ceremonies.
The mayor acknowledged the day by saying, “Today, we celebrate the end of a fratricidal war. This recognition serves as a tribute to honour all the people and families who suffered, and to appeal to the responsibility of the whole of society to build a better world in which a war of this scale can never happen again.”
Meanwhile, members of the Loja and Mollina branches of the RBL attended an Armistice service led by the Reverend Doreen Cage in the Salinas church in Archidona; while a service was also held at the Cemetery Church in Coín, where wreaths were laid by Standard Bearers from the Coín branch.
Other Remembrance events took place in the San Guadencio Cemetery (Alhaurín el Grande) and at the Puerta Niza restaurant (Benajarafe).