RONDA’S Feria still went off with a bang, thanks to the generosity of a local fireworks manufacturer.
Owing to the precarious situation of the town hall kitty, the PP-PA alliance which governs the local council, decided to cut last year’s €300,000 Feria budget to €150,000.
As a result no big names were engaged for concerts and fireworks to announce the start of the Feria, which last year cost €18,000, were similarly eliminated. But that was before Juan Jose Badillo, owner of Pirotecnia Badillo, stepped in with his offer to provide an eight-minute display entirely free of charge.
Lady mayor Maripaz Fernández and Popular Traditions councillor Vicente Becerra later thanked Sr Badilla’s and other local business-owners whose open-handedness meant that the celebrations could go ahead as normal.