BENIDORM’S former mayor Agustin Navarro has been made an honorary Member of the British Empire (MBE).
The award comes in recognition of services to the British community between 2009 and 2015.
During his six years in office, Navarro ensured that all town hall departments combined their efforts to improve the situation of Benidorm’s British residents and tourists, said British Ambassador in Madrid, Simon Manley.
Navarro’s initiatives include the SATSE office set up to help foreign victims of crime in their own language and the drive to encourage British residents living on campsites to register on the town ‘padron’ (residents’ register). Help was also extended by the Social Welfare department to elderly British residents.
The ex-mayor, now an Opposition councillor at Benidorm Town Hall and a member of the Alicante Provincial Council, announced the MBE news at a working breakfast with local journalists.
He had to keep the secret even from those closest to him, Navarro revealed, but he had now learnt from the Embassy that he was free to tell others and entitled to add the letters MBE after his name.
He will receive the MBE medal in a ceremony in Spain.