By Cathy Elelman • 19 November 2019 • 18:00
SORELY MISSED: Mark (second from the right) contributed a great deal to the annual fundraiser’s events
CREDIT: Ian Watson
THE Villaricos Wacky Races team is mourning the tragic loss of one their valued members.
Mark Burgess, the owner of the Plaza Bar in Villaricos, passed away on November 6 after several months of illness at the age of just 52.
There was a celebration of his life evening in his memory on Friday 15.
A keen sailor and ardent supporter of Portsmouth Football Club, Mark was the founder of the ‘new’ Wacky Races, which began again in 2015 after a four-year gap.
He contributed a great deal to the annual fundraiser’s events over the last five years.
The organising group members have now proposed a ‘Mark Burgess’ Trophy for next year’s event, scheduled for Saturday April 25, probably for the best fancy-dressed cart and/or team.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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