How my parents escaped the Spanish Civil War

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Leader reporter Andrew Atkinson’s exclusive interview with La Siesta resident John Francis De Veras about his Spanish parents who escaped Spain – after the Civil War – when remaining on Franco’s ‘firing squad’ hit list. EXCLUSIVE.

THE Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader newspaper reporter Andrew Atkinson talks exclusively to La Siesta resident John Francis De Veras about his Spanish born parents who escaped Spain – after the Civil War – when remaining on Franco’s ‘firing squad’ hit list.

John, brought up in London, is a former ITV production staff member, who mixed with well known UK newscasters, including Sir Trevor McDonald, anchorman of ITV’s News at 10, Reginald Bosanquet and Andrew Gardener.

John, who was a production assistant for ITV’s Police 5 crime series, fronted by Shaw Taylor, talks about his life behind the scenes at the London Oxford Circus Studios.

Having sailed the ocean waves, prior to berthing at Estepona Harbour, John talks about the tearful, heartbroken time when his Russian born wife Reka died of a heart attack, brought on by Alzheimer’s.

“I lost the woman I loved. The woman I fell in love with. A wonderful woman,” said still heartbroken John.

John, 79, also talks about the changing face of Spain over decades past, during a visit to Guardamar.

In another Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader EXCLUSIVE. Don’t miss Andrew Atkinson’s heartbreaking story. Coming soon.

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