RECORD CROWDS ARE EXPECTED to descend on Villamartin Plaza tomorrow, as the South Costa Blanca´s favourite social epicentre hosts their “Party in the Plaza” Super-Sunday charity event.

The Plaza´s annual live music calendar finished just last month, with the season ending in style with a performance from Les McKeown´s Bay City Rollers.

Villamartin Plaza is renowned for their attraction of musical talent, (the 2018 live music season finished with an appearance by global pop-icon Leo Sayer), so it should come as no surprise that the day will be well supported by an army of local and international musicians.

Villamartin Plaza Super-Sunday charity event

Thousands of locals and visitors are expected to turn out for the charity day, which aims to raise funds for three local charities: Little Pod Association, Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, and Apanee Torrevieja school for children with special educational needs.

Party in the Plaza, Villamartin Plaza

Little Pod Association was established to attend to the needs of Spanish Podenco dogs (Spain´s own breed of Mediterranean Warren Hound), but today the charity provides care and support for all animals.

Their mission is to reduce the numbers of suffering animals and give them the second chance they all deserve in a new and loving home, helping abandoned and mistreated animals in need.

Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is established in Rojales, with charity shops in Gran Alacant, Torrevieja, Ciudad Quesada and right here in La Zenia.

Founded in 2008 by Sue and Rod Weeding, the non-profit rescue centre saves neglected and abused horses, ponies and donkeys across Spain’s Costa Blanca region.

Villamartin Plaza´s “Party in the Plaza” event will be supported by a cast of entertainers, compèred throughout the day by DJ Hartley Hartley, drag-artiste and comedian Stevie Spit, and Villamartin Plaza´s very own Casey Shaddock, recognised locally for her “Live and Loco” vlog series on Facebook.

Male singers Andy Abraham and Steve Brookstein will make guest appearances at the event. Both artists reached notoriety through their appearances on Simon Cowell´s British television music competition, The X-Factor.

Orihuela Costa´s biggest autumn event, Sunday 20th October 2019

Steve Brookstein´s association with The X-Factor is particularly notable, having won the first-ever season of the popular ITV show in 2004, whilst Andy Abraham narrowly missed the top spot the following season, and went on to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.

Party in the Plaza, Villamartin Plaza

The pair will be supported by local acts including Nigel Burchill, Al Joel, Deja Nielsen, Nikki G, Paul James Allen, David John Williams, and Tiny Lou.

Two charity day grand prize raffles will take place with tickets available to win €1,000 in cash, €2,500 in gift vouchers, or a fully-paid 3-day coach trip to the Andalusian city of Córdoba.

A genuinely family-friendly event, “Party in the Plaza” will offer face-painting, a tombola, and much more, with the aim of raising much-needed funds for the charities.

The day is being generously sponsored by local businesses including Fresh Radio, The Tavern, Quesada Fish & Chips, McCoy´s Irish Bar, Munchies, and Barbara´s School of language.

Orihuela Costa businesses in La Zenia such as Browns Cocktail Bar, Looking Good Boutique, and La Ponderosa gift shop, have also contributed to the sponsorship of the event.

Villamartin Plaza hosted a fundraising extravaganza just last month in aid of victims of the Spanish flood victims, raising more than €10,000 for those in need, and The Plaza team are hoping to break all records with their latest event.

“Party in the Plaza” takes place tomorrow, Sunday 20th October, with music starting at midday and entertainment from 1:00 pm. Find out more from the official Villamartin Plaza Facebook page.

Looking for holiday ideas and inspiration? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa this year.

Photo credit: La Zenia / Alexander Pichlmayr

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