Saturday, May 02, 2009

Damn – missed that as well

On Friday, as part of the San Cristobal celebrations, the Chief of Staff of the Spanish Navy, Admiral General Rebollo García, visited Torrevieja to receive the appointment of Torrevieja’s Knight of St. Christopher, aboard the patrol ship, ‘Vigía’.

The Admiral, who was born in Pilar de la Horadada, was welcomed by the Mayors of Torrevieja and his hometown, together with other local dignitaries, a delegation from the Torrevieja International Veterans’ Association and invited guests.

In an impassioned speech, the Admiral said that he was proud to receive this award from General Francisco Grau Vegara and spoke of his love of Navy, the Vega Baja and especially of Torrevieja, a city that has always had close links with the naval service. He went on to acknowledge the excellent work being carried on by the Brotherhood of St. Christopher, presided over by Antonio Marín, which earlier in the day had witnessed a ‘baptism of the sea’ for hundreds of schoolchildren from the Vega Baja and Torrevieja.

The traditional San Cristobal celebrations this year also included an official wreath-laying ceremony, a march past by veterans’ associations and displays of military vehicles. Other entertainment included a parachute and emergency services display as well as the traditional procession of vehicles from Orihuela to Torrevieja.

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