Author: Suzanne O'Connell

European Championship of Irish dancing

On Sunday 28th May Torrevieja is delighted to be hosting the 2017 European National Championship of Irish dance. The event will take place at the Hotel Playas de Torrevieja (formally Cabo Cervera Hotel) and this is the 8th time that the hotel will have hosted this annual event. It is the 15th year of the championship and the competition will be judged by a panel of very experienced adjudicators. It is being organised by Rose FitzGibbon, Stella Moore and Julie Ann Fletcher-Redfearn. The categories of dance in the competition include Intermediate, Open, Ceili and Figure Championships. The timetable is...

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Disabled man dies trapped in Torrevieja fire

The man was unable to escape from the fire at his home due to the bars on theentrance to the flat. The barred gate, which restricted access,prevented the rescue of the 70 year old man who was disabled and needed a wheelchair. Three local police officers and six Guardia Civil were taken to hospital with inhalation of smoke during the rescue attempt. The fire broke out on Saturday 13th May at 2.45 am in a fifth floor apartment in La Tejera building in street Bazán de Torrevieja. When the ambulance arrived it could only confirm the death of the...

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Busy Easter for police

A busy Easter for the police Alongside the Local Police and Guardia Civil operates a group called GRO or Grupo de Refuerzo Operativo (Operational Reinforcement Group). They provide extra reinforcement during peak times and were busy in Torrevieja during Semana Santa (Holy week). Over the holiday period, the GRO made a number of arrests and were out on the roads and in the streets in a bid to reduce crime. The GRO patrolled on the sea front and in the markets. They took three statements in relation to unauthorised street trading, seized 1,754 fake goods and arrested one illegal...

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Salt production in jeopardy

The extensive rain in Torrevieja this year has had repercussions much greater than just that of flooded roads and premises. It has meant that the salt beds from which the salt is usually harvested have been flooded too, to the point that there are concerns about how much salt will actually be harvested this year. In order to address the issue, the salt company had asked the town hall to drain the extra water from the beds into the sea. However, permission has been denied by the Ministry of the Environment who fear that doing so would alter the...

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HELP Vega Baja Torrevieja opens again

HELP Vega Baja are delighted to announce that their office in Torrevieja is now due to re-open. The centre in Calle Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia closed temporarily in December 2016 for a period of re-structure and review. The Torrevieja office was opened over 35 years ago and was the first base for HELP. Since then they opened their office in San Miguel de Salinas 10 years ago and also have a helpdesk in La Marina. The official re-opening of the Torrevieja office was held in April and it will now be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am until 1.30pm. The intention is to extend these opening hours to Mondays and Fridays too when sufficient volunteers are available. President Michele Masson, is delighted at the new developments; ‘As a charity it is important that we keep up with the needs of the local community and although many people will always prefer to discuss problems face to face with our volunteers, we are also conscious that there are other ways we can offer support such as through our website, Facebook page and the talks that we offer to local groups. We therefore took the decision to close the office, completely renovate it and prepare for the next chapter of the charity and its link with the town of Torrevieja. Our volunteers now have a very professional and comfortable environment with...

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