VERA council has given itself a pat on the back for this year’s San Cleofas festival.
“A complete success both in terms of participation and approval by residents and visitors for the suggested novelties”, was how Festivals councillor Amparo Garcia summed up how the celebrations had gone.
The local authority said the public had given the thumbs up to the changes introduced for this edition of the week-long event, notably the decision to move the midday fiesta away from the town centre to the El Palmeral fairground.
According to the council the midday activities had this year attracted the highest ever number of visitors.
The council highlighted the popularity of this year two big acts, eighties pop group Ole Ole and Seville band Siempre Asi, as well as traditional events like the jousting for ribbons and the street processions.
The councillor also stressed there had been no “incidents or altercations” during the celebration, but rather “a festival atmosphere we have all enjoyed.”
She drew particular attention to what she described as the “healthy” participation of young people in reference to the special police and Guardia Civil campaign to prevent so-called “botellones”, or gatherings of youngsters in public places to drink.