Tribute to skate­board hero

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By Alex Watkins IG­NA­CIO Echev­er­ría, who used his skate­board to de­fend a woman from be­ing stabbed by ter­ror­ists dur­ing the Lon­don Bridge at­tack in June 2017 in which he was ul­ti­mately killed, has had a plaque un­veiled in his hon­our at the Car­los III skate­board park in Carta­gena.

This tribute was unan­i­mously agreed by the full coun­cil at the end of that month and was fi­nally in­au­gu­rated on Satur­day to co­in­cide with the cel­e­bra­tion of Ur­ban Fest – which brought to­gether lovers of ur­ban art, cul­ture and sports, such as skate­board­ing.

At the time the coun­cil noted that eight peo­ple were killed but while ev­ery­body’s in­stinct was to run away, the 39year-old lawyer ran to help with the only weapon he had. In con­trast to his own brav­ery, the post mortem found he had been stabbed in the back.

May­oress Ana Belén Caste­jón ex­plained and praised Echev­er­ría’s valiant ac­tions, which led to him be­ing dubbed the ‘skate­board hero’ by the press and turned him into an ex­am­ple and an icon for fel­low afi­ciona­dos.

She also men­tioned the spe­cial bond he had with the spirit of re­bel­lion, sol­i­dar­ity and com­pan­ion­ship that is shared by the com­mu­nity of Con­tact 96 571 66 79. English speak­ing vol­un­teers in the of­fice on Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days. To speak to lo­cal pres­i­dent Manoli Flores call 686 666 520

Revival Tor­re­vieja Rugby Club

Based on tra­di­tional ethics of rugby, fam­ily and re­spect, as well as a com­pletely new setup. Out with the old and in with the new. Thurs­day evenings touch rugby at 20.00, plus 15s on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days. For more in­for­ma­tion about all the teams and train­ing places and times, con­tact the co-or­di­na­tor, Tony on 670 972 366.

Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints (Mor­mons)

Meets 10am each Sun­day, Ram­bla Juan Ma­teo Gar­cia 104, Tor­re­vieja, Mis­sion­ar­ies. Tel: 667 533 597

Chess Tor­re­vieja

Friendly group look­ing for more play­ers. Fri­days 13.00. Reflections Bar, San Luis. Tel: John 966 78 6 7 74 or 634 658 506. Email: car­ole­john_3@hot­mail.com

Cantabile Ladies Choir

A friendly group who take their mu­sic se­ri­ously but en­joy so­cial gath­er­ings and meals out. Re­hearsals on Fri­days from 15.00-17.00 at La Siesta Church. Al­ways seek­ing new mem­bers. Con­tact Va­lerie on 96 679 58 16, Mo­bile 689 992 119 or email: val­cantabile@gmail.com

La Siesta Char­ity Li­brary

At the an­nex of Age Con­cern skate­board­ers and other ur­ban sports. He proved this with his heroic ac­tions dur­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tack, which cost him his own life, she noted.

Tomás Díaz Lago, who Sr Echev­er­ría’s fam­ily had asked to rep­re­sent them, em­pha­sised Ig­na­cio’s deep re­li­gious con­vic­tions which al­ways made him do what he be­lieved was right.

He added that he hopes the at Calle Pa­ganini, La Siesta, Tor­re­vieja. Open­ing hours are Tues­day 10.30 un­til 12.30. For more in­for­ma­tion tel 96 678 68 87

La Siesta Evan­gel­i­cal Church

Friendly, English-speak­ing church. Everyone is wel­come. Ser­vices at 11.15 ev­ery 2nd and 4th (and 5th) Sun­day morn­ing in the month and at 09.30 on the 1st and 3rd Sun­days. There is also a Sun­day School, called Step­ping Stones. See our web­site: www.lasi­es­tae­van­gel­i­calchurc h.org or call Pas­tor Keith on 666 180 108

Of­fi­cial Liver­pool FC Sup­port­ers’ Club

Why not join us at Kennedy’s Pub, Playa de los Lo­cos, to watch the games? www.lfc-spain.com

Phoenix So­los Club

For those over 50 on their own, who want a bet­ter so­cial life. Meet­ings ev­ery Mon­day from 11.00 to 13.00 at the Ma­rina Club in the International Ma­rina, Tor­re­vieja. Reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties on sev­eral days of the week and oth­ers on a one-off ba­sis. See our web­site: phoenix­so­los. wix.com/phoenix­so­los

Model rail­way club

Want­ing to con­tact peo­ple who have “OO” train lay­out or who are in­ter­ested in model rail­ways. If good re­sponse will set up a club with reg­u­lar meet­ings in Costa Blanca south, Tor­re­vieja area. Please con­tact Michael on 634 328 834 or mwspring­bok@out­look.com plaque will serve as a tes­ti­mony and an ex­am­ple.

The Span­ish givern­ment posthu­mously awarded Sr Echev­er­ría the Sil­ver Cross of the Or­der of Civil Merit. Carta­gena is one of sev­eral places to hon­our him both in Spain and abroad. In April Ali­cante city coun­cil re­named the skate park at Playa de San Juan af­ter him.

Ras­cals

So­cial and the­atre group work­ing for the com­mu­nity and rais­ing money for lo­cal char­i­ties. We meet on Mon­day and Thurs­day morn­ings at Sackos Bar, El Li­monar. To be part of this fun loving worth­while group call Er­rol on 96 531 98 34. www.theras­cals.org

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Tor­re­vieja Branch 3456

Meets at Casa Ven­tura, San Luis on the 2nd Fri­day of the month at 18.30 for 19.00 start. You do not have to have served in the armed forces to be a mem­ber. We look for­ward to meeting you. Entertainment is usu­ally pro­vided af­ter­wards, we also have monthly lun­cheons, our Bowls Team plays at Casa Ven­tura on Thurs­days and Satur­days. Web­site http://branches. british­le­gion.org.uk/ branches/tor­rvieja or con­tact Mem­ber­ship Sec­re­tary Pauline Grind­lay on 96 670 41 46, email Tor­re­vieja.MemSec­re­tary@ rbl.com­mu­nity

Tor­re­vieja Chris­tian Fel­low­ship (TCF)

English speak­ing lively church at Avenida de las Cortes Va­len­cianas 68, Tor­re­vieja 03183. Res­i­dents and hol­i­day­mak­ers are wel­come to at­tend ser­vices ev­ery Sun­day at 10.30 with com­mu­nion and ‘kids church’. Wed­nes­day Fel­low­ship Meet­ings (Bi­ble study) be­gin at 18.00. For in­for­ma­tion see our web­site ww.tcf-Spain.org or tel: 96 670 03 91

Royal Naval As­so­ci­a­tion

With ef­fect from Septem­ber 5, 2018, Tor­re­vieja Branch will

Ig­na­cio Echev­er­ría

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