There will be New Year celebrations throughout Tenerife tonight, with music and dancing in most plazas to welcome in 2017 with the lucky grapes and champagne, and of course fireworks! In Los Cristianos, the party will be in the Plaza del Pescador outside the Cultural Centre as usual. Festivities kick off around 10.30 with music, and “lots of surprises” and a party bag. Adeje’s Fin de Año celebrations start at 11pm, and will be in the main town again this year, the new venue chosen to replace La Caleta in order to bring people into the town to help local commerce, satisfying wide demand from locals for many years. Like last year,READ MORE

The British Embassy in Madrid has announced that two British residents in Spain have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours List 2017. Liz Parry, former Editor of SUR in English, an English-language newspaper in Southern Spain, and resident in the province of Malaga, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to British nationals living in Andalusia, while Roger Cooke, latterly President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and resident in Madrid, has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to British business in Spain and British-SpanishREAD MORE

The National Police are searching for 29-year-old Emilio José Melíán Garcia, whose family are also increasingly desperate for news of him. He is from Tejina, in the La Laguna municipality, and he has been missing since last Wedbesday, 21 December. He is 1.7m tall, with short blond hair, blue eyes and of slim build. Police say that they want to contact him about an incident in a local petrol station to which he was a witness, something that his family fear might be the cause of his disappearance. If anyone has any information to help find this young man, the contact details are on the poster.  READ MORE

Today, 28 December, is the Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents Day), a day when practical jokes and spoof stories are everywhere in a way very similar to April Fools’ Day in the UK. The tradition has links, some think, to the biblical story of King Herod’s massacre of the babies (innocents) in a futile attempt to kill the infant Jesus. Others think it’s all a medieval fake, with the joke on Christians, but whatever the origins, practical joke victims in Spain are known as “innocents”, and as in the UK in April, television and the media join in. In these days of “fake news”, it might be increasingly difficult toREAD MORE

Photo: 112 Canarias. Updated 2pm: Emergency services say that all three people on the plane are safe and the aircraft has been secured. Of the three on board, two needed to be cut out: a man has various injuries, mainly in the chest and stomach areas, but none of which are said to be life threatening, and a woman and child have no more than cuts and bruises. Emergency services say that all three are French, and have been transferred to Candelaria Hospital. Original post 27 December: Anyone who decided to take some post-Christmas sun on Playa de Las Teresitas just beyond Santa Cruz today will haveREAD MORE

Russian concert pianist, musicologist and composer Valerij Petasch is a regular performer in Tenerife, and he is back for another concert this Thursday, 29 December, in the Guía de Isora Auditorium. The concert starts at 8pm, and will include works from Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bartholdy, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, and of course, his own compositions. Tickets are €5, and are available at the auditorium box office shortly before the concert.READ MORE