Big heads get new names

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RESTORED MODELS: Pupils helped to give the heads a new lease of life.

AS they do in most towns, ‘Giants and Big Heads’ opened Muchamiel’s fiestas parade.

This time the heads worn by the Nanos were old models made new by pupils at the municipal restoration workshop and prior to their first outing during the El Ravalet fiestas, they made a public appearance at the town hall.

Here pupils Marina, Lorestela, Alex, Luis, Marc, Fernando, Paco and Manu were congratulated on their skill by Muchamiel’s mayor Sebastian Cañadas and culture councillor Rafael Garcia.  

The pupils worked since June on the heads which were unearthed last year in the municipal store, and if some of the heads look like vaguely-familiar caricatures of ‘Dallas’ characters that would be no coincidence.

Decades ago the Ewing family were the models for these same seven heads that were used for the El Ravalet fiestas, but tastes and television soaps moved on and they lay forgotten.

As well as a new lease of life they have also received new names and, following a Facebook poll, will be known as Olvido, Bartolo, Felipe, Maruja, Vicenta and Rafaela.

Now that the heads have been successfully restored, the mayor Sebastian Cañadas disclosed plans for another workshop and promised that there will be two new giants for the 2017 fiestas.  

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