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José Regueira to be named Adoptive Son of Jimena

José Regueira Jimena Council has begun proceedings to name José Regueira Ramos an Adoptive Son. This distinction is a public recognition for someone who, despite not being a native of Jimena, has always collaborated in the development of the town, in his well-deserved case, as a historian, chemist and as a supporter of local writers.>A pharmacist by profession and born and bred in Galicia, Regueira arrived in Jimena over 40 years ago. He combined his work behind the counter with his two other passions: as historian and as publisher.

José Regueira, known to all as Don José, became the Official Chronicler of Jimena in the mid-1990s, where he is instrumental in organizing the annual History and Archaeological Workshops. As a publisher, he has not only helped emerging writers but also published his own work in collaboration with his daughter Esther. His subjects have ranged from a detailed study of Jimena castle to a history of tuna fishing in the Straits. His research has covered the Campo de Gibraltar and its links to his native Galicia.

Regueira was also a close friend of Hamo Sassoon, the British archaeologist and Jimena resident who died in 2004 with whom he published several booklets, including a priceless guide to the castle now sadly out of print. His latest publishing venture is a book of childhood memories of Jimena by Francisco Jiménez ‘Currini’. He recently wrote a tribute to our departed friend Jan Webster.

Having been a friend of his family for a number of years, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to someone who deserves such an honour. And while we’re at it, we would also like to thank him and his sons, Victor and Hector, for their continuing support of this site.


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