Friday, April 24, 2009

Another question

San Isidro has been celebrated in Bigastro for many years. The Romería in honour of the Saint has taken place in several locations: in 1959 he was taken to La Pedrera, then later to El Cabezo. That was when the tradition to eat lettuces began.

Until then there wasn’t a commission of San Isidro. Instead, group of people led by Joaquin Mª (the Lieutenant Mayor) took charge of the Saint.

The celebrations for the Saint ceased, until in 1999 when the Comparsa “Los que no perdonan*” revived them and took charge of carrying the Saint. The new location for the Romeria was in the area denominated, La Pedrera (the stone quarry).

From that rebirth was formed the 1st Commission of San Isidro with Srta: María Dolores Sanchez Más as President.

Every year since then, the Commission have organised a Romeria up to the Hermitage at La Pedrera for San Isidro.

Since the procession passes through Villas Andrea, it has become a popular event with the British residents, some of who walk with the Saint on his route from the town.

Now the question is, what day will the Romeria be held on because it changes from year to year.

*"Los que no perdonan" is the Spanish title of the 1960 film "The Unforgiven" directed by John Huston, starring Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Charles Bickford, Lillian Gish, Albert Salmi, Joseph Wiseman and June Walker.

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