by Humphrey Carter

Over the next few weeks, the expatriate community is going to be celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night in style.
In fact, with so much style and professionalism that scores of local Spanish and Majorcan families can not wait to join the annual events which get bigger and more exciting every year.

A great deal of hard work has gone into staging all these events, as Frank Leavers goes to great length to inform us every week in his big previews to Bonfire Night, and what is also very important is that the organisers have secured the full cooperation of the local authorities.

Police, fire fighters and ambulance teams will be on hand in the event of something going wrong.
As yet, nothing has but it is better to be safe than sorry and the authorities want to keep it that way so everybody can have as much fun as possible.
While the expats love to enjoy what all the local fairs and markets have to offer, this is their, our, chance to share our traditions and costumes with the local community.

Not only are these nights traditional celebrations, they are also a way of saying thank you to the local community and putting something back.
Admittedly, some of the locals find it hard to get their chops round a toffee apple or ponder how best to tackle the Hog Roast but they certainly have a great time trying.

Well done to all those involved.