Po­lice seek 'miss­ing' res­i­dents

Lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers go houseto-house to get more res­i­dents to sign on the the lo­cal regis­ter (padrón)

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­news.es

A LO­CAL fam­ily has do­nated a wooden wheeled horse made 103 years ago and a cart from the 1940s to De­nia toy mu­seum – along with a pic­ture of the young owner, who is still alive and well.

The Bas Perelló fam­ily – from Jávea and Dé­nia re­spec­tively – say both were made in the lat­ter town, which had a thriv­ing toy­man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in the 19th and early 20th cen­turies.

Bar­tolomé Bas Se­garra says the wheeled horse, a very ex­pen­sive model at the time, was bought by a wealthy fam­ily of bak­ers in Jávea for their son, but the child was ad­mit­ted to Ali­cante's Santa Faz psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal and it changed hands.

It was then owned by Bar­tolomé's fa­ther, who is four years old in the 1926 pho­to­graph the fam­ily has pub­lished, and is now aged 95.

Al­though greatly de­te­rio- rated, lo­cal ex­pert Josepa Padín Devesa has been given the job of restor­ing it.

The toy cart, how­ever, now over 70 years old, is in a per­fect con­di­tion.

It used to be 'pulled' by a pair of card­board horses which are al­ready in the mu­seum.

They were all de­signed by the Dé­nia fac­tory owned by res­i­dent Luis Ro­mans, but man­u­fac­tured in work­shops in Pego.

Mu­seum man­agers say the cart has been picked as 'ex­hibit of the year'.

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