By John Smith • 26 February 2020 • 17:48
APPROPRIATELY just prior to the celebration of Andalucia Day on Friday February 28, representatives of the Casares Council, the Junta de Andalucia and the Malaga Provincial Council entered into an agreement of intent to extend the area around the birthplace of Blas Infante.
The poet, musician and politician who was killed by Franco’s forces in Sevilla in 1936 is regarded as the Father of Andalucia and is still much regarded throughout the province especially in his hometown.
Blas Infante was born in Casares and his house is treated as a site of historic importance within the town but the new agreement looks for the expansion of the area in order to take in the families’ original estate and to reconstruct some of the buildings.
Once approval has been received from the Ministry of Culture the work will be able to start although due to its importance, the three parties will, within the next 30 days, set up a Monitoring Committee responsible for planning and overseeing the work.
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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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