Brits Blast Benalmadena Boat Renaming. Expats are furious after finding out that a sinking ship is to be renamed Reino Unido.
Brits Blast Benalmadena Boat Renaming
Benalmadena County Council has announced today that they are renaming the famous paddle steamer which is moored in the marina “Reino Unido” as a nod to the thousands of British tourists who visit the town every year. However, the news has been blasted by British expats who say that it’s an insult, and is making a clear mockery of the United Kingdom
Largo-Juan Plata from the Department For Renaming Partially Sunken Ships says “My department was founded more than 70 years ago and it’s wonderful to actually have something to do. We’re so excited to be able to rename this historic vessel. The renaming will become official at a ceremony next week attended by the third cousin of someone who is loosely related to a direct descendant of Admiral Nelson”.
A Sinking Ship
News of the renaming of the historic steamer is not being well received by Brits. Edward Smith from the Benalmadena United Mariners Society says “There are so many lovely boats that could have been renamed in tribute to the UK, but they’ve chosen one which is sinking faster than Jeremy Corbyn’s political career. It’s offensive”.
Expats have said the move will do little to strengthen relations between the Costa Del Sol and British travellers. Anne Fernandez runs a Facebook group where members express their outrage over issues including Brexit and how anyone could have been stupid enough to vote Conservative. Anne says “I’m outraged, we all are. I thought I’d be out of outrage after the election results, but I found a reserve supply of outrage and I’m glad I did. Calling the sinking boat Reino Unido won’t do anything to boost tourism, but it will antagonise the hundreds of Brits who have to look at it every day and be reminded that their country is likely to share the fate of this old boat”.
The council insists the decision to rename the boat has been a democratic one. Pedro Pugwash says “We held a vote on the renaming of the boat. 52% voted in favour of calling her Reino Unido, and 48% voted against. You can’t argue with a result like that. All three people who voted have said they are accepting the decision”.
Stew Pidfool is originally from Birmingham and now lives in Estepona said “Actually I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Edgbaston. I don’t really understand this to be honest, so I’m just going to keep saying fake news. Fake news. That’s what we say when we don’t get something, it makes us think other people think we’re intelligent. Fake news. Did you get that?”.
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Written by Seaman Staines, Costa Del Sol Update.