Don’t You (Forget About Me): Torremolinos to celebrate life of local hero

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Paul Bushell on stage at El Open Arms ©International Bar El Open Arms Torremolinos/Facebook

HAVING lived in Torremolinos for 30 years Paul Bushell became something of a local hero and having passed away earlier this month, his friends are celebrating his life next Friday, May 25.

The concept is that as many will be unable to travel to the UK for his funeral in Gravesend that day, those who remember him fondly will meet up for a drink at one of his favourite bars, Los Vikingos (Thomas’s Bar) at 4pm.

According to one of his many friends who had known him for 14 years, the avid Chelsea fan was like a father figure to many of the young staff who used to work at the El Open Arms Karaoke Bar which he ran and many tourists became regular visitors to see him at the bar.

By all accounts he was a real character and the father of three simply loved to perform either by himself or in karaoke duets with customers.

Although he was not a natural Spanish speaker, Paul who always wore a suit and tie to work on a Sunday, did study the language as it is suggested that he may have had a ‘thing’ for his teacher.

With the catchphrase “Every night is Saturday night in the Open Arms” he was a popular figure who was often spotted in his time off reading the paper and enjoying a brandy.

Sadly, following his demise, his mother Mary sadly died a few days after him and next Friday’s get together will commemorate them both.

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