11 Nov, 2009 @ 16:30
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Double tragedy needs averting

A DESPERATE bid has been launched to prevent a second tragedy at the historic farmhouse that inspired Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding.

The PP party in Almeria has demanded the urgent restoration of Cortijo del Fraile, which is literally crumbling into the ground.

Despite the Junta agreeing to protect the building, where the infamous Crimen de Nijar took place in 1931, it is still in an “appalling state”.

“It is almost a complete ruin and needs urgent attention,” said PP boss Rosalia Espinosa.

The Olive Press raised the plight of the building in the Cabo de Gata natural park in September.

Blood Wedding told the story of the events of 1931 when the secret lover of a bride was murdered on her wedding day.

The remains of Spain’s most famous poet are currently being dug up at a Civil War mass grave in Alfacar.

The Junta approved the decision to protect the monumental building in 2008, but no refurbishment work has yet taken place.

The Nijar authorities have been trying to get the building listed to protect it since 2004.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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