- Posted by Jonny hough
- On June 26, 2014
Over three hundred attended the BritishSpanish Society’s summer party at the beautiful residence of the Spanish ambassador.
On a warm, dry evening, the event proved more popular than ever, drawing in young and older members and their guests to a convivial reception of wonderful tapas by Hispania, wine and cava by Wines of Spain, and health juices by Purifyne.
The residence’s beautifully decorated rooms and ample balcony ensured genial conversation, as well as movement, with enthusiastic couples dancing to the latino music provided by the talented pianist and composer Antimo Magnotta and his band and the gifted singer Benedetta Baldassari.
The Spanish ambassador His Excellency Mr Federico Trillo was unable to attend but sent word via his deputy head of mission Enrique Ojeda that he was honoured that the Society could celebrate in his residence, a home to “all those who promote a better understanding between our nations, a better relationship between our two countries.”
Mr Ojeda paid tribute to the work done by the British-Spanish Society to bring the peoples of Britain and Spain closer together, a mission it has pursued for nearly one hundred years. The Society will be celebrating its centenary in 2016.
“In all this time the BritishSpanish Society has been able to stand out as the institution where different people from very different backgrounds are willing to share their cultural identities and common interests, and in doing so you, the more than 700 members of the Society, are representing the strongest link joining our two great nations, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Spain, “Mr Ojeda said.
Noting with some humour that the Society’s chairman, journalist and author, Jimmy Burns Marañón had failed in his mission to ensure that that Spain and England would reach the finals of the World Cup, Mr Ojeda nevertheless praised the success of the Society’s scholarship programme for British and Spanish post-graduates.
The chairman thanked the embassy, the Society’s events team led by Carmen Young, the musicians, the embassy and its staff for helping making it a wonderful event, and for guests to contributing to the charity’s fund raising efforts.
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