ON All Saints Day last Sunday, Palma's Mayor, Aina Calvo visited the municipal cemetery of Sant Valenti giving a special tribute to the seven people who died when a block of flats collapsed in Calle Rodriguez Arias in Palma over a week ago. Investigations into the tragedy are continuing.
Also remembered in the Mayor's homage were two people who were killed at the same time - in the early hours of Monday morning, 26th October - in a fire in a flat in the suburb of Es Molinar.
Heading up a Municipal Committee, Calvo visited other cemeteries, including Sant Jordi and Establiments. She said that this year, All Saints Day comes in the aftermath of a tragic week for the capital. The Mayor added that nevertheless, she had wanted to make sure that the people of Palma were able to celebrate what is an essentially Catholic festival in the best way possible. From Saturday right through to yesterday, the municipal bus company EMT had laid on a special service between Plaza Sant Antoni in the Avenidas and Son Valenti cemetery running at 20-minute intervals. Separately, Palma's carparking association had made the second floor of the underground multi-storey car park at Sa Riera freely available to the public who wanted to visit the cemeteries. Other free parking was available at the Son Moix sports stadium, the land next to the Palma Arena and at the Carrefour and Decathlon commercial centres.
Nearly 70 local police officers were on duty to keep traffic flowing freely at the entrance to the cemeteries, and to stop people parking at points which cause tailbacks, such as down the right-hand side of Calle Lluís Vives. At some locations, and according to the layout of access to the cemeteries, cars were allowed to stop but were limited to a waiting time of 10 minutes. The Ca l'Ardiaca road was closed to traffic, as was Calle Jesus from the roundabout by the cemetery as far as the Via Cintura (Palma ring road). People who had visited family tombs with flowers year after year had clearly become wise to the traffic difficulties as there were even vehicles straddling the grass verges of the roundabout running under the ring road.