So there have been Britons in Torrevieja for over 30 years and it shows. We went there to buy specs. We went to Specsavers because I had heard that they were cheap. From the initial phone call to the final fitting everything was transacted in English and the only Spaniard I encountered (to my knowledge) in the whole process was the optician.
Specsavers is in a shopping centre and the principal language throughout the complex seemed to be English. I'm sure that it isn't really but it was certainly the most prominent language on this side of the cash desks. Notices everywhere were bilingual Spanish/English and lots of products were directed at a British market. Quite reassuring in some ways to be able to go in to Yorkshire Linen and speak loudly and confidently in English but a little disconcerting too. Anyway, both Maggie and I knew that there was an Iceland supermarket in Torrevieja and she wanted to have a look. Whilst she bought Cadbury's Roses, caster sugar and chilli dips I went for a coffee. I wasn't sure, as I approached the bar, Spanish or English? As I hesitated "Hallo, what can I get you?" It was a friendly and efficient little coffee bar with a very British menu. It must be a decent business too as the Iceland/Overseas Supermarkets store was doing a brisk trade.
If those people from Peterborough still have their place in Torrevieja I bet they realise now that they didn't really need those Spanish classes.