By John Smith •
Published: 26 Feb 2020 • 17:56
Some of the 200 taking part
Credit: Ayuntamiento de Estepona
FOR the third year running, Estepona will take itself back to the 19th Century on Sunday March 1 as more than 200 people will dress in the clothes of 1831.
Organised by the Cultural Association “Manzanares Estepona 1831” in collaboration with a number of other historical societies, the event remembers two local sons, Salvador Manzanares and Pedro Manrique who both died in internal disputes in 1831.
The program of events will begin at 11.30am at the Orquidario (Orchid House) with an enactment of the death of Manzanares, and will continue with a parade through Calle Terazza and Calle Manzanares to the Plaza del Reloj, where at 12.15pm the corpse and column of prisoners with escort of soldiers will arrive.
At 1pm, a tribute will be paid to the young Pedro Manrique, who died in Malaga in 1831, next to Torrijos, on Calle Santa Ana where he was born and then, at about 1.15pm a costume parade will begin on the Paseo Marítimo.
The procession will arrive at the mouth of the La Cala River, where the recreation of the shooting of the liberals will take place, and then it will continue to the old cemetery of Estepona, where a crown of flowers will be offered to Manzanares, as it is placed by his graveside.
The couple best dressed in the style of 1831, will be rewarded with a night’s accommodation and dinner at Ona Valle Romano Golf & Resort.
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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.
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