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Day: September 22, 2016

San Miguel fiestas are in full flow

Parties, parades, concerts, kids activities, horses and much more! Fiesta bigheads in San Miguel Not to be outdone by its larger neighbours, San Miguel de Salinas is already immersed in activities for the fiestas of its patron saint, San Miguel Arcángel. These small towns take their fiestas pretty seriously, so make sure you are ready to have some fun and you are sure to enjoy a warm welcome from the locals and the many British residents who live there too. There are late night parties at the Barraca Popular, activities for children in the daytimes, an equestrian day, a rock festival, processions and of course fireworks!   Programme of events: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 7:30pm – Homage to older residents in the Paseo (Plaza de la Libertad), including a tribute to Antonio Molina, by Javier Leyton and a picnic laid on by the rubbish collection company, Residuos Sólidos Álvarez. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH 7pm – Floats and fancy dress parade to fill the streets with colour and atmosphere. Followed by the Shopping Gala in the Plaza de la Libertad (Paseo) with awards for the oldest and most innovative local businesses, the Fussión Show and tastings of local food. At night – Saturday night fiesta at the Barraca Popular! SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH 10am – Craft market opens in the Plaza de la Libertad opposite the church. 12pm – Concert by the Unión...

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Flamenco in Orihuela Costa

Free show and tours of the city for Tourism Day on Tuesday     World Tourism Day is on Tuesday September 27th and Councillor Sofia Álvarez wants Orihuela residents to be tourists in their home town for the day. There will be two free dramatised guided tours, with actors playing iconic historical characters (in Spanish), taking participants around the old quarter of the city. The first will be at 7pm and the second at 9pm. Álvarez said it is one of the most popular activities with residents and tourists because it is a fun way of learning about the city’s history. To book a place visit the Tourism Office or telephone 96 530 4645. Also on Tuesday, there will be a free flamenco performance at the Alameda del Mar Civic Centre in Orihuela Costa from 7pm, she...

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Dog saves residents from burglars

Four young men arrested in Orihuela The National Police have arrested in Orihuela four young men accused of attempting to rob a house while its owners were in the property. It happened at about 4am on Wednesday, according to the police. The victims realised what was happening thanks to the barking of their dog and they saw a youth jumping over the perimeter wall of their property onto their land. They called the police and described the four assailants they had seen and the vehicle used to get away. Immediately a police operation was coordinated to cover the possible ways the suspects could have gone. Officers saw a matching vehicle in Raiguero de Bonanza and a chase began, which ended with the car being intercepted. The four suspected burglars, aged between 19 and 22, were arrested and put at the disposition of a...

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A night at the opera in Guardamar

Verdi’s Othello being retransmitted live from Madrid opera house The Escuela de Música (Music School) in Guardamar will be retransmitting Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Othello on Saturday, September 24th at 8pm. The performance will be live from the Teatro Real opera house in Madrid on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. The opera can also be watched by live streaming on the internet on the public broadcasting website...

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Preparing for a flood disaster

500 members of the security forces hold simulation in the Vega Baja The Military Emergencies Unit training at La Pedrera reservoir / M.A. La waters and shores of La Pedrera reservoir were the scene of frenetic activity on Thursday morning. There were Zodiacs crossing the reservoir back and forth, divers, rescue dogs, helicopters and at least five people who seemed to be in danger in the water. The tension was high even though all this was only a simulation set up by the Military Emergencies Unit (UME) and the Valencian Government to test their response to a flooding disaster. The simulation was of a large flood caused by a ‘gota fría’ torrential downpour causing the River Segura to burst its banks where it passes through Orihuela and Bigastro, affecting a large part of these municipalities. The exercise involved 490 people and 144 vehicles from the different security forces. From the soldiers of the Third Emergency Intervention Batallion (BIEM III) to the National Police, Guardia Civil, Alicante Frie Brigade, Navy Diving Centre, Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS) and Fire Prevention and Extinction and Rescue Service (SPEIS). The Vega Baja was chosen for its situation at the start of the rainy season which arrives with the autumn. The county is covered by the Valencian Government’s special plans because it is an area affected by gota frías, which are not as common as...

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