Friday, November 6, 2009

Traditional Ibiza: Guy Fawkes Night

For the thousands of British expats who live and work in Ibiza 'there's some corner of a foreign field That is forever England' and yesterday that was Trevor's Mini Golf bar near the Hotel Hawaii in San Antonio Bay.

Here in Ibiza kids of all ages still celebrate Guy Fawkes Night on November 5th with a bonfire and fireworks display. Last night's bash was a charitable affair with all the trimmings – burgers and hot dogs included in the €3 admission, and clever Trevor, who obviously had some novice bar staff on duty, had priced all drinks – beer, wine or soft drinks – at an easy to calculate €1 each!

For those who don't know, we Brits celebrate the foiling of a Roman Catholic plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and displace protestant rule by burning an effigy of its leader Guy Fawkes. Last night's 'guy' was tellingly garbed in a Glasgow Celtic jersey which, as you can imagine, went up like a flash as soon as the flames got near it.

Also up like a flash was a large palm tree that got too close to the bonfire. Luckily Hogan's Rock supremo Chris Langley was on hand with buckets of water from the fish pond to douse the flames.

Two further social engagements – a kebab in Can Verge followed by Can Raia in Raco Verd – prevented me staying until the end, so can anyone who was there let me know if I won the raffle?

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