Benidorm Cross to be cleared of tokens to loved ones

Tributes to departed loved ones left at the Sierra Helada cross must go.

Tributes to departed loved ones left at the cross on the Sierra Helada overlooking Benidorm must go.


Relatives and friends have until the end of the month to take away the notes, photographs, flowers and candles they have attached to the cross or left around its base.  

Anything that remains by the end of the month will be removed by municipal workers and taken to the municipal store. The items can later be reclaimed from there but they will be disposed of after a ‘prudent’ interval, the town hall announced.

Once the site has been cleared notices will warn visitors of a ban on attaching anything to the cross or leaving objects round its base.

Foreign visitors and residents who have left tokens at the cross will be unaware of the town hall’s decision.

“We realise that these reminders have sentimental value to many people,” admitted Deputy Mayor Gema Amor.

Nevertheless, she continued, the town wanted to see the cross returned to its original state.

It was never intended to fulfil the function of a funeral monument, Amor explained, but was carried up on the shoulders of local men and erected at the highest point of the Sierra Helada to watch over the town.



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    • David McQueeb

      19 March 2014 • 12:31

      This is not good at all. Why not mark a small area at the side to place the things they take of.. this will upset many, who will return each year to see the place many scatter there loved ones ashes and this was there last wish.. This is not good..

    • David R

      21 March 2014 • 14:46

      About time.
      The area is a disgrace and health hazard with piles of human remains scattered all around, and even empty urns chucked into the bushes.
      As for the people that leave burning candles in a tinder dry are of scrub and pine trees…Well they should be heavily fined.
      This is not a remembrance garden, and never has been, it is a natural park, and should be respected for that status

    • Jim T

      22 March 2014 • 17:50

      A bit callous by the council. I’ve never left anything there but can see why people who grew to love Benidorm would want to leave a small memorial. Nothing left at the Cross has EVER caused a health or safety problem. I agree with David – set aside a small area for mementos.

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