Manolo Partearroyo was in charge of pronouncing this Friday the proclamation with which the Bellota festivities start, in Toledo, a neighborhood meeting of culture, music and leisure that was created in 2012, but that the pandemic forced to suspend. He referred to this circumstance in his speech, which began with a tribute to the victims of the coronavirus and to the difficult moments that have been experienced and that seemed “endless”, although he is already seeing the light in the tunnel. And there he was moved, and tears fell, remembering the “angels” who “with love and putting their lives at risk have fought for our safety,” like Nieves, one of the workers at the Ajofrín residence, where he Neighbor of the Toledo neighborhood, Manolo Partearroyo, has lived since the beginning of the pandemic.

But he also brought out many smiles, talking about the Plaza Recoleta, the ‘Antonio’ ​​bar, where all kinds of Toledans meet, from the PP, the PSOE, Barcelona, ​​Madrid… And the odd clueless tourist. He spoke of Toni, the owner of the bar, but, above all, “of the mother who gave birth to him”, Conchi, a woman who was left a very young widow and raised her three children with “bravery and work” and who cooks ” with immense love» croquettes, empanadillas, carcamusas… «There is no discussion there, it is what unites all of us in the neighborhood», he said.

The parties continue this Saturday from 8:30 p.m. with the music of the DJ Bandidas, and will continue with the concerts of Mamita Papaya and Gilipojazz. The night will also close with Bandidas. This Sunday, starting at 1:30 p.m., the festivities will continue with neighborhood bingo, in which local businesses such as Unide, Masa Madre, Al Peso Toledo, Alhaja Cerámica and have participated. There will also be a craft market, balloon twisting, juggling and stilt walkers for children.

At 1:13 p.m. the first dance step of the ‘Charanga’ vermouth will be held, which will be repeated at 4:00 p.m. And, at 5:30 p.m., the Anís Guateque concert and the end of the festivities will be at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday