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  • The annual San Silvestre race took place in Benidorm this morning – with a wonderful backdrop of the glistening Mediterranean Sea and blue sky. This is the fifth such race, which always takes place on the first Sunday after Christmas. There were plenty of cheering spectators, out taking a morning stroll along the beachfront - many in short sleeves, enjoying the Winter sunshine.

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  • Having your passport stolen while away can ruin your entire holiday. As well as the inconvenience of obtaining an emergency travel document from the Consulate in Alicante, which is only valid for that one journey, there is the cost involved – 131€ which is approx 95 pounds sterling dependent on the exchange rate. This is very possibly the actual cost of your return flight as well as a putting a big dent in your spending money while here! Then on your return back to the UK you have to re-apply for a brand new passport, a further 72.50 GBP... so keeps your safe.

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  • Yesterday afternoon British Consul Paul Rodwell hosted a meeting at the Melia hotel in Benidorm aimed at those that work in the tourism sector. It was also the launchpad to promote the release of 2 safety videos that have been produced locally and authorized by the Foreign Office to roll out and¬†publicize in the lead up to the busy Summer season.

  • As part of an ongoing initiative, the Alicante Consulate team, headed by Vice Consul Lloyd Millen chaired a focus group meeting with British ex-pats in the town of Alfaz del Pi yesterday. The aim is to visit the Top 10 towns with the highest British expatriate communities within the district covered by the Alicante British Consulate – but as Lloyd amusingly mentioned, it is in fact the Top 11 as boundary changes during assessment would have knocked out one which had already been visited!

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  • One of the most asked questions at the newly relocated SATE office in the Rincon – opposite the Flash Hotel is from lost or disorientated holidaymakers, after a long hard night of partying asking “Where is my hotel”? Often the only clue is that the hotel is tall and has a swimming pool – not really much help considering that probably describes virtually every hotel in the resort!

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