Thursday, August 17, 2017

All over for us.

After waiting so long for this year's fiesta where Pam and I were due to be crowned Third Age King and Queen, it is all over.  We have enjoyed every moment, right from the coronation to last night's procession.

There are so many people we want to thank:

First of all our fantastic neighbours, Pepe and Eladia who have helped us prepare and even taxied us down to save us parking and walking.

We would like to thank our family and friends who came over from England to support us. Along with them were our many Spanish friends who were there for us.  

Then there were the members of the Fiesta Commission, especially Carlos, Manuel and Eli who  helped us each day.

The lady mayor who took the trouble to ask us regularly how we were and whether we were enjoying the Fiesta.

The Brotherhood of San Joaquin and especially the one who directed us around last night.

Trini Alcaina and Fonta Bigastro for taking many photographs.

And last but not least, the people of Bigastro who gave us such support and cheered us on.

Now can I ask a favour. If you have any photos, not just of us but of the Fiesta in general, can you let me know. I'd love to have them to make up an album of memories of this fantastic time in our lives.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Relive the moment

For those who missed last night's fantastic concert for San Joaquin, here is the audio file.

What a surprise!!

Our neighbours, Manuel and Eli organised for an ad hoc band (Da Capo) to come and play for us in our garden this morning. Those who live at Villas Andrea will have heard them as they toured the estate.

Black is Black

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Archie - a winner

We were delighted when Jemma's best friend, Laura T wanted to come and support us at this year's fiesta and bring her two children, Erica and Archie with her.

It was wholly appropriate that our son-in-law, Dave should take part in the Carerra de Cintas. Laura's son, Archie agreed to ride on the rear carrier.

Their first attempt was good but Archie just failed to hit the mark.

The second run was more successful when Archie managed to win the tape with Pam's name on it.

How lucky, a) to win a tape and b) that the tape gave Archie Pam's sash.

Archie has given our granddaughter Molly the sash which hopefully she will keep as a memento of this special celebration.

Team GB

Having our family and friends over gave us the opportunity to take part in the Infant Parade this year. It was Jemma's idea that we should go as Team GB to fit in with the Olympics theme.

Whilst she sourced the flags and the medals, I had T-shirts printed for us all. The idea seemed to be well received by the onlookers.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Muy contenta

This was taken at the party we hosted last night for our family and friends at the Bar Roma.

Pam and I were delighted to be joined by a selection of our Spanish friends who have made us most welcome and have helped us to integrate into our new country.

See my album for more photos.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

We escaped

Yesterday was a pleasant sunny day here in Bigastro. Elsewhere though, there was a real downpour with the worst hit place being Denia.

The Fiesta continues



SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2017


11:00 a.m. THE TAPE RACE


Bicycles return for San Joaquín to Calle Purísima. Enjoy this ancient tradition and win a sash that our court has prepared for the occasion. How many of the tapes can you get?


Refresh yourself by taking a free granizado.


Midday
UNCLE TRACTOR


As it has become traditional, the uncle of the tractor, accompanied by a charanga, will begin to tour the streets of Bigastro refreshing and encouraging all the neighbours and visitors.


8:00 p.m. THEMED CHILDREN'S PARADE


This year the theme of the children's parade will be "OLIMPIADAS", departing from Barrio Nuevo street, accompanied by the Children's Court of Queens.


00:00 hours


INAUGURATION OF THE FESTIVAL PARK


Inaugural parade starting from Calle Aureliano Diaz, where the Festival Commission, accompanied by the Municipal Authorities, Court of Queens, Pregonero, Comparsas and the Sociedad Musical de Bigastro, will proceed to the inauguration of the party venue installed as is traditional in the Huerto del Cura Park.


PERFORMANCE OF "IMPOSSIBLE VERSION"


The showman David Moreno, finalist in TU CARA NO ME SUENA TODAVIA, presents his new musical project IMPOSSIBLE VERSION. Accompanied by 5 great musicians, Moreno and his band will pay tribute to different artists of all eras and styles (Fito, Dani Martin, Shakira, Julio Churches, Camilo Sesto, Eros Ramazzotti, Louis Armstrong, Estopa ...) imitating the voice of these artists and interpreting their music and medleys with songs of today and yesterday. You've will have never seen so many singers on one stage! A lot of humour, good music and a constant interaction with the public, with a very theatrical staging.


MOBILE DISCO


At the end of the performance there will be a disco until the dawn with Dj Sergio.




SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
ALTERNATIVE LEISURE
Video consoles, for all in the Polyvalent Room of the Municipal Auditorium Francisco Grau.


Midday
UNCLE TRACTOR


The uncle of the tractor returns, parading the streets of the municipality, accompanied by a charanga. Laughter and fun are assured.


8:30 p.m.
GREAT COMPETITION PRESENTATION PARADE
Have a great time enjoying this refreshing parade – don't forget to take a bucket of water to liven up the party.


00:00 hours
POPULAR OPEN AIR DANCE TO "DÚO ATLANTIC"


In the Plaza de la Concordia, the Festival Committee has prepared the performance of the Atlantic Duo that will liven up the night with a wide musical repertoire, so as not to stop dancing throughout the evening.


01:00 a.m.
THE BEST TRIBUTE TO MECANO LIVE


Melissae pays tribute to our passion for the 80's and especially for the music of MECANO.


Musical show that will make us relive the memories that are linked to the great successes of this legendary band from Madrid. More than a score of songs from the first albums to the last year's, will surely connect to the audience with their magical energy.


And then, discomóvil with Dj. Robles.


MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017


10:00 a.m. to Midnight.
2nd ALTERNATIVE LEISURE DAY


Last day of consoles with the latest games, in the Polyvalent Room of the Municipal Auditorium Francisco Grau.


Midday
UNCLE TRACTOR
The uncle of the tractor says goodbye to our municipality until next year, as always touring new streets accompanied by charanga.


8:00 p.m.
FLORAL OFFERING TO SAN JOAQUÍN


The offering will begin with the traditional parade from Aureliano Diaz Street, where the court of queens accompanied by the comparsas, authorities, commission of parties, neighbours and the Sociedad Musical de Bigastro, will arrive at Plaza de la Constitución where they will make floral offerings To our Patron Saint Joaquín.


8:30 p.m.
HOLY MASS IN HONOUR OF SAN JOAQUÍN


11:00 p.m.
CONCERT BY THE MUSICAL UNION OF BIGASTRO, in the Plaza Constitución.


01:00 a.m.
THE HAPPY'S


The happy effect is to get together a lot of friends and share many of those legendary songs, sing them together and feel that everything we have lived for has been worth it.


QUEEN, POLICE, ROLLING STONES, ELVIS PRESLEY, SOCIAL SECURITY, DUN CAN DU, THE GUARD, THE SECRETS, MANA, TEQUILA, ALASKA, BRUNO MARS, JACKSON FIVE, ETC ...


THE HAPPY'S are: Antonio Hidalgo, José Ramón Soler, Willy Salas and Alex Thomas


Followed by a DISCOMOVIL with DJ RAFA

TUESDAY AUGUST 15


10:00 a.m. PASACALLE
La Charanga will tour the streets of Bigastro, enlivening residents and visitors.


7:30 p.m. ENTRANCE OF THE BANDS
The charangas, who accompany the comparsas in their parade, prepare the festive atmosphere for the multicoloured parade.


8:30 p.m. GREAT MULTI-COLOR PARADE
The comparsas, along with the Children's court, the Juvenile court and the Third Age King and Queen, will take part in the multicoloured parade that as always will begin in the street Barrio Nuevo.


01:00 a.m. DAWN
A grand pasacalle welcoming our big day, with the music of Sociedad Musical de Bigastro, will parade the streets of the municipality filling them with joy as they announce that the day of our patron Saint Joaquín has already arrived. At the end there will be a grand firework display and then a Discomovil with Dj Sergio


02:00 a.m.
CHILDREN'S FIREWORKS IN THE CAGE


03:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. ADULT'S FIREWORKS IN THE CAGE (LA CORDÁ)


Both of these events will take place in the street Acequia, with the participation of the Association of Carreteros of Bigastro.


"The Bigastro Town Council and the Organising Committee of the parties are not responsible for the improper use of gunpowder outside the established places and timetables"


05:00 a.m. to 07:00 a.m. FIESTA REMEMBER


At the end of the Cordá, in the Park Huerto del Cura, FIESTA REMEMBER with Dj CHUMI .


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16th


09:30 a.m. MASS


11:30 a.m. Parades of the Bigastro Musical Union Society, from Aureliano Diaz Street to the Church Ntra. Señora de Belén accompanying the courts of 2017 along with members of the council.


12:00 HOLY MASS IN HONOUR TO SAN JOAQUÍN, which will be sung by the Manuel Moya Choir.
At the end of the Mass, in the Plaza Constitución, there will be a GRAN MASCLETÁ.


8:00 p.m SOLEMN PROCESSION OF OUR PATRON, SAN JOAQUÍN, carried on shoulders by the members of the Brotherhood of San Joaquin. Upon the return of San Joaquín to the church, a GREAT FIREWORK DISPLAY organised by pyrotechnics Ferrández of Redován.


01:00 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY THE LA ESPARTERA GROUP The group will animate the last night of our party, with a mixture of rhythms from a flamenco background.


And then, DISCOMOVIL until everyone drops with Dj Rafa.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17th


In the afternoon, LA MURGA will, as always, make a mockery of what has happened in our municipality and in the country. Political satire at its best.


"HAPPY FESTIVALS" The Organizing Committee of the San Joaquin 2017 Festivities is not responsible for the use of gunpowder outside the authorized hours and venues. Likewise, the Commission may make changes to the schedule of acts it deems appropriate without prior notice.



Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Radio stars

Pam and I waiting to be interviewed by Paco Murcia for Radio Sureste, the day after the coronation.

A few reminders





Tuesday, August 08, 2017

From one extreme to another

Today we can expect extreme heat with an amber warning.

Last night it was a lot more comfortable than it has been over the last few days and that will continue. Daytime temperatures will also drop to something more normal.

However, there is a price to pay and that is the cloud cover, the possibility of rain and even a thunderstorm. Fortunately, it won't be mucky rain this time so you won't have a big clean up job to do on Friday.