By John Smith • 20 October 2021 • 16:43
The base of the cross was uncovered
Credit: Manacor Council
WORK has started on the second excavation in Manacor Cemetery of Son Coletes with a first find.
Within minutes of starting work, the base of the cross from the old funeral home was uncovered.
Excavators returned to the Son Coletes cemetery on Monday October 18 with the aim of continuing the exhumation and identification of the bodies of the people who were killed during the great executions at end of August and September 1936.
During the Francoist repression in Mallorca, Manacor was one of the places with the most victims on the whole island and this work will now continue until December 31.
In November, Manacor Council will organise new guided tours so that the families of the victims and those interested can follow the excavation work and view any discoveries.
Thanks to the excavations of the first phase, carried out between July 14 and August 14, 2020, 25 bodies of victims of Franco’s repression were located in Son Coletes, of which five people have been identified and their remains handed over to their relatives this summer.
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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.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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