Queen for the day

LEADING LADY: Feria queen with her dames of honour. Photo credit: Mojacar town hall

THE traditional ribbon race for married couples was revived for the first time in years as Sopalmo celebrated its Cristo Rey Fiesta.

One of the highlights of Mojacar’s summer season, the festival embraced some of the small hamlet’s most vital traditions and celebrated its peaceful way of life.

There was a traditional mass to honour Cristo Rey, Sopalmo’s patron saint, and speeches from mayor Jose Fernandez and Mojacar tourism manager Carmen Garcia. She described Sopalmo as the Mojacar of old, somewhere which had managed to hold on to the culture and way of life of centuries past.

There was live music, dancing and an award ceremony to declare the festival queen. The glory went to Maria Isabel Montoya, with Ana Artero, Andrea Garcia, Rocio Garcia and Marisa Haro as her dames of honour.