Yesterday afternoon this aging hippy with her somewhat leftish political views accompanied by OH who leans slightly right of centre found ourselves invited to meet the British Ambassador, Simon Manley, at Adeje Ayuntamiento.
The Ambassador was joined by the British Consul to the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin, Vice Consul to the Canary Islands Helen Keating and the Mayors of Adeje and Arona. The visit was part of a three-day tour of the Canary Islands that included Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, to build and maintain a spirit of openness and co-operation between the consulate in towns where many British people reside.
The mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said in the boroughs of Adeje and Arona there are 11,000 British residents on the padron and many more not registered. The mayor felt it important to incorporate ex-pats into Adeje life as it benefits all, and a key factor in this is learning each other’s language. The mayor of Arona confirmed language was a major factor and said there was a plan to make the administration for the borough bilingual. All agreed that the towns are harmonious and safe places to reside, which is why they are so popular.
The Ambassador encouraged more people to register on the padron, to access volunteer organisations that can reach the needy and vulnerable residents and help with the challenges faced by British people when moving abroad.
Thanks must go to Cliodna O’Flynn for the invitation to what both OH and I found an extremely interesting meeting.