By John Smith • 30 December 2019 • 20:00
Big Ben London
FORMED some 12 years ago, the Benalmadena Foreign Residents Department has gone from strength to strength according to mayor Victor Navas who is also responsible for the department.
Accompanied by coordinator of the Department of Foreign Residents, Joanna Drozdowska, he gave an overview of the work that it has done and way in which the council has endeavoured to ensure that foreigners who have settled in the town feel that they are part of the community.
One of the high spots of 2019 was the XI International Christmas festival which for the first time ran over two days and attracted representatives of 20 different countries to take part.
6,000 people turned up to enjoy 22 different shows and to drink 3,000 litres of beer as well as eat 1,500 pieces of meat and as an added bonus; there was employment for some 80 different people.
Other events include St. Patrick’s Day, St. David’s Day, St George’s Day and Norwegian National Day.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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