Spain has welcomed 2020 in style – with huge firework displays heralding the start of a new decade.
Champagne corks were popping across the country, with hundreds of thousands of jubilant revellers gathering for parties in cities including Madrid , Barcelona and Malaga.
Whilst along the heavily populated coasts of Spain expats as midnight struck Brits mixed in with Spanish as they celebrated the chimes of midnight with the traditional eating of grapes with every bell chime.
Hotel bars were packed to the rafters of revellers as they drank and danced the night away together whilst bars in Spain were also brimming to the rafters as revellers partied the night away welcoming in not only the new year but also a new decade.
We the Euro Weekly News spoke to revellers as they celebrated in style.
Brian Silk and his boyfriend Joe were holding hands tightly as they stood outside a Fuengirola bar looking out to sea and said ” Spain is just such a wonderful place to live, we joined in with all the locals in traditions tonight and we are just now reflecting on the last year and wondering what the new year will bring, although Joe proposed to me tonight and I accepted so the plan for us is a wedding” he said.
Meanwhile Jason and Melanie Griffiths sipped Champagne outside the Yaramar hotel on the sea front in Los Boliches whilst sitting on the bench, they said ” We only moved here 6 months ago and it’s our first new year in Spain, we’ve loved every minute of it, everyone so friendly and pleasant, the new year can only get better for us, we’ve danced and partied all night and we made a wish at midnight that we stay here forever”
Dale Leigh and wife Samantha were next who said ” what a fantastic evening, beautiful church service, fireworks and of course the grapes, just a wonderful evening all round to forget 2019 and all the talk of Brexit and look to the future knowing where we are”
As the bells struck midnight across Spain, people flocked to the streets, hugging and kissing and rejoicing for what a wonderful Country we live in and wishing for a bright and prosperous future.
Whilst though cheeky Tony Wilson quipped ” I’m looking forward to getting back to normal, having my Euro Weekly News on a Thursday ”
Despite the thousands of revellers out, behaviour on the streets was impeccable with a local policeman telling us ” it’s been a very peaceful night with hardly any incidents for us the Police or the emergency services”