LAST night (Thursday) during a gala ceremony to celebrate the Majorca Daily Bulletin's 50th anniversary at the Restaurante Oliver de Son Termes, the founder and chairman of the newspaper, Don Pere Serra, was presented with an honorary M.B.E. by the British Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman.

Over 400 guests attended the gala ceremony including leading lights from the worlds of art, culture, media, business, politics and tourism.
Accompanying the Ambassador was the Consul General Andrew Gwatkin and the Vice Consul Gillian Brion.
The President of the Balearics, Jose Ramon Bauza, was also present and gave a speech in which he congratulated the Majorca Daily Bulletin for having reach this milestone.

Balearic President
The Balearic President was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Borrego Cortes, the Speaker of the Balearic Parliament, Margalida Duran, the President of the Council of Majorca, Maria Salom, the Mayor of Palma, Mateo Isern, the President of the Majorcan Tourist Board, Eduard Gamero, the Consul General of Morocco, Mohammed Harit and the Chairman of the Iberostar Group, Miguel Fluxa.

Also present was top selling author Lord Jeffrey Archer and his wife Dame Mary, Margaret Whittaker O.B.E and her husband Tony, film director and Majorca resident Gabrielle Beaumont, William Graves, eldest son of Robert Graves, top British chef Marc Fosh, Mike Day, Managing Director of Palma Pictures, Robert and Heidi Maunder, Chief Executives of First Mallorca, Andrew Clemence Chief Executive of Mallorca/Ibiza Rocks, Catherine Sasson, Chief Executive of Global Balear (Pirates), Jonathan Syrett, director of Camper Nicholsons, Donald Trelford, former editor of the Observer, Calvia councillor Angie Guerrero, Balearic government director Kate Mentink former ESRA President Dorothy Loeffler and the Anglican Chaplain David Waller.

Presenting the whole evening was local television and radio personality Lina Pons and the Bulletin´s very own Frank Leavers. During the dinner, guests were entertained by top singer Michele McCain and treated to a copy of the 64-page special anniversary magazine which all our readers will receive with this Sunday's newspaper.

Inside the magazine, there are messages of congratulations from Lord Archer and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who read the newspaper every day while he was on holiday in the Port of Pollensa last summer - in fact he even took some copies home. Readers will also be treated to the history of the newspaper and the island as well as contributions from key members of staff past and present. When the first edition of the Bulletin was published on December 31, 1962, it was not only the first new newspaper in Spain since the Civil War, it was also the only daily newspaper in English and today, it continues to be the only Spanish-owned English daily newspaper in the country and one of only a few in Europe.

And, it enjoys a very broad print readership from permanent residents to home owners and holiday makers while the website has a digital readership which stretches across the globe.