By Humphrey Carter

THE new ESRA Yearbook is out and all of the association's 1'200 members on the island should have received their copy.
This year, raising the funds to publish the annual book proved a real challenge for those responsible for the production of the Yearbook. It was made possible with the financial help of the Council of Majorca and none other than the global media and music impresario Simon Cowell.

Quick thinking editor of the English Speaking Residents Association's Yearbook, Rosemary Bentley, thought of contacting Simon's parents Eric and Julie for some help because they had been two of the founding fathers of ESRA North and because Simon and his brother Nicholas have huge weak spots for the island having both spent many years enjoying Majorca where their parents lived for many years - first in the north and then in San Agustin.

The current Immediate Past President Dorothy Leoffler, herself a founding member of the ESRA North branch, remembers Eric and Julie Cowell very well from when the Cowells lived in the Port of Pollensa in the early 80's. Bentley approached Simon through Julie and, according to Dorothy, Simon Cowell, currently one of the most influential and weathliest people in television in the UK and the United Sates, “was only too pleased to help and sent a cheque for the Yearbook's funds for one thousand pounds.”

Yesterday Dorothy said that everyone involved with the Yearbook is extremely pleased with how it has come out and that they managed to overcome the financial difficulties thanks to Simon Cowell, the printers and the Council of Majorca which, for the first time ever, has contributed to ESRA and has committed itself to providing further help.