By Humphrey Carter

TENS of thousands of people of all nationalities from all over the island gathered in Palma on Wednesday night for the Sant Sebastia celebrations which continued well into the early hours of yesterday morning.

Palma City Council had placed a total of 176 barbecues around the city centre while scores of bars and restaurants mounted their own for the thousands of hungry party goers to cook their traditional Sant Sebastia fare before the live music erupted across the city.

The emergency services were on full alert in case of any incidents but the night passed off with no major problems and everyone enjoying the varying styles of music across the city centre.

From traditional Majorcan folk dancing and flamenco to some of Spain's current chart toppers and legends of rock and roll, there was something for everyone to enjoy - apart from the food and drink.

The Mayor of Palma, Aina Calvo, lit the huge fire in Plaza Cort, in front of City Hall, and she was joined by the President of the Balearics, Francesc Antich and the President of the Council of Majorca, Francina Armengol, as she toured the city centre enjoying the party atmosphere and also making the most of the nearest barbecue to keep their strength up.


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