Soller.—The Soller train officially celebrated its 100th anniversary on Monday with tributes to its history of catering for the needs of both the local and tourist population of Majorca.

Senior members of the Balearic government and the Council of Majorca were ferried on the train from Palma to Soller to attend the occasion, amongst them were the regional President José Ramón Bauzà, the President of the Council of Majorca Maria Salom and the President of the Balearic Parliament Pere Rotger. They were greeted on arrival by the President of the Soller Railway, Oscar Mayol who gave an emotive speech, praising the pioneering vision and spirit of the businesses and residents of the Soller valley who succeeded in getting together the finance and infrastructure to open up Soller to the rest of the island 100 years ago.

Also speaking at the tribute was Pere A. Serra, the President of the Art Train Foundation which was key to the survival of the Soller train after the company hit financial difficulties in the latter part of the 20th century. Serra is also head of the Grupo Serra which publishes the Majorca Daily Bulletin. A special mural had been commissioned for the occasion. Based on a work by Catalan artist Joan Miró, the 138 piece ceramic work was erected by Joan Gardy Artigasque. Miró's grandson Emilio was present at the unveiling.


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