Bryan Rand retires and says farewell

UK RETURN: Bryan and Angie spent 20 years in Spain.

Bryan Rand, known to hundreds of  bar and restaurant owners and staff from his job representing the EWN, has retired to West Sussex, England, to recuperate after a major operation.

It marks the end of an era for the 74-year-old and his partner, Angie, after 20 years in Spain. “I have enjoyed every minute of working at the EWN,” he said. “Many of my clients became friends, and it is sad to say goodbye.” 

Michel Euesden, Managing Director of EWN said: “Both my husband Steven and I consider ourselves very privileged to have worked with Bryan Rand who is now a close family friend.

“He has been told that under no circumstances will we accept a decline to the EWN Christmas party, so he WILL have to make a quick and successful recovery.

“His job is still open if there are any mini Mr Rands out there. Beware, though, they are big shoes to fill! We miss you, Bryan.” While Bryan has no plans to move back to Spain, once he has convalesced, a holiday trip back to see his old friends is on the cards.

And there are plenty of friends to keep up with for the couple to see. Bryan arrived in Benalmadena in 1993 ‘to retire’.  But he soon saw the error of his ways. “After about three months, I had to find something to do or become an alcoholic,” he recalled. 

“So I bought a bar!”  That bar was The Black Horse in Benalmadena, and it was the first of many.  “At one stage I had six bars. But I eventually sold them off as my first love was music,” Bryan said.

That led the tenor sax player to join up with three friends to form the The Blues Boys Soul Band. Eventually with eight members, they became a familiar sight on the Costa del Sol music scene. Next step was a music school in Fuengirola.

Called The Music Factory it offered room for up to 170 youngsters to learn different instruments, as well as having recording and dance facilities.

Never one to rest on his laurels he moved on to start his own newspaper – Focus – before going to the Costa de la Luz and returning to Benalmadena in 2009.

Bryan then joined the EWN. In recent times he had part responsibility for food and entertainment advertisements.

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