English cemetery in Malaga not out of the woods yet

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MALAGA – FORMER British Consul Bruce McIntyre has warned that the English Cemetery in Malaga desperately needs funds if it is to remain open. This follows news the cemetery will be declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Junta de Andalucia, which would allow funding from the Junta de Andalucia and the central government.

The President of the foundation, Bruce McIntyre, said: “This is a great step forward for the Cemetery, but does not solve the immediate problem

“The ayuntamiento confirmed they will cover our expenditure for a couple of months, but the Foundation now needs to seriously and urgently canvas British, German and other foreign companies, as well as Spanish, to provide sponsorship,”·he said.

The 180-year-old cemetery, the oldest protestant cemetery in Spain, needs €15,000 per year for its upkeep and to remain open daily.

Another development is that they have agreed to start a ‘Friends of the English Cemetery Group’.

McIntyre said those interested would pay a yearly membership of €20 in return for a copy of Marjorie Grice Hutchinson’s definitive history of the cemetery, discounted entrance to cultural events held at the cemetery and a quarterly newsletter.

If interested visit www.cementerioinglesmalaga.org  or email name, address and telephone number to [email protected]

By Jennifer Leighfield

 

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