Town honours its elderly residents on International Day of Older Persons

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Town honours its elderly residents on International Day of Older Persons
GREATS OF LIFE: The town will honour two of its oldest residents Photo credit Denia Ayuntamiento

TO celebrate International Day of Older Persons, which falls on October 1, Denia has organised an event to honour two of the town’s oldest residents.

The “greats of life”, in the words of Councillor Elisabet Cardona – Francisca Serra Ferrandiz – who will celebrate her 99th birthday next month – and Juan Espi Martin, 98-years-old, will receive a commemorative diploma from the town at an event next Saturday (September 30) at the Centro Social.

The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2017 is – ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society’

This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.

Francisca Serra Ferrandiz was an important figure in Denia’s textile warehouses. She later emigrated to France and after spending some time in Paris, returned to Denia.

Juan Espi Martin was another important figure in Denia’s toy industry whilst practicing his favourite hobby – walking on the Montgo. He used to be a tour guide and there is even a route through the park named after him.

Francisca and Juan’s stories and experienced will be presented in a video narrated by TVE journalist Marisa Aeropagita before they are presented with their diplomas and a gold badge each from the town hall.

Entertainment will be provided by the winners of the I Contest Denia Baila for over 60 years, Juan Frases and Josefa Palones and entry is free of charge.

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