Author: Claire Richards

Three weekends of music

  From 24 th June to the 7 th July there will be music by the sea on Saturdays and Sundays. On the Paseo Juan Aparicio and by las piscinas naturales on the front there will be musical entertainment from 8.30pm until 1 in the morning. It will be a varied collection of musical types including bands from Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France and Spain. The initiative is being organised by the department of culture and will be free. Councillor Domingo Pérez announced that it will consist of music from all over the world. The only common factor will be...

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A happy ending in sight for the cemetery tree

What should be done with the eucalyptus tree that is a well-known landmark outside the cemetery walls in Torrevieja? The tree is 3.6 metres in diameter and has been a feature there for more than half a century. It is a rare species of eucalyptus in Spain and is remembered and recognised by many visitors to the town. However, its position and existence has been threatened by Iberdrola’s plans to give more power to the desalination plant. The news that it was to be moved caused great consternation amongst local people. It has provided relief and solace for many...

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Machu Picchu climb for Rojales horse sanctuary

Four years ago, expat Elaine Sission visited Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales and was blown away by the sight of 90 rescued equines, all happy and well cared for. However, she was shocked by the stories of abuse, starvation and neglect the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys had endured before being rescued by Sue and Rod Weeding, the centre’s co- founders. That same year, Elaine made a pledge to help the horses and ever since she set herself a major personal challenge to raise funds – this year, she’s pledged to complete the difficult Machu Picchu climb...

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Local police refuse to work overtime

The unions of the Orihuela Local Police have announced that their officers are not going to work any overtime or work the established hours to cover events until an agreement is reached over a series of improvements they have been proposing for several years. In a statement they warned they are also considering “more serious measures which for the moment will not be applied”. The unions explained “we have been trying to negotiate with the Town Hall for years but so far nothing has been resolved”. Their demands are as follows: Restore the 10 vacant places and take on...

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‘If it wasn’t for Help at Home…I would be dead'

“If it wasn’t for the care, help and support from the charity Help at Home Costa Blanca I would be dead now. There is no doubt they saved my life.” These are the words from Martin, 62, who lives in Quesada. Martin hit rock bottom after his wife, Denise, died in 2015, and a whole chapter of events afterwards dragged him further and further towards taking his own life. Thankfully a friend told Martin of the charity and urged him to get in touch – and bit by bit his life began to turn a corner. A support team...

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