Sunday, September 17, 2017
Francisco Grau is one of its famous sons. He rose to the rank of General in the Spanish army, the first musician to ever do so.
Now we learn that an important scientist was also born in Bigastro 280 years ago and last night we paid homage to him.
Pam and I received our invite from the lady mayor in our official capacity as 3rd age king and queen.
After the introductions and a speech by the lady mayor, she unveiled a plaque to commemorate Villanova and to declare him a favourite son of the town. FOur of the townsfolk were then presented with mementos of the occasion - we thought they were possibly distant relatives but could not be sure.
Then the theatre group, Lugarico, accompanied by members of the town band, presented a short history of the life of Thomas Villanova.
El Lugarico, led by Aurelio Murcia, had very little time to prepare and so it was a challenge for them. There were also several technical problems with the microphones which did not seem to phase the participants. In fact, they turned the situations into comic moments which the audience appreciated.
It was all very well done and was a great credit to those who took part.
You can see my photos in this album.