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Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. Karen Young
    July 13, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    Alan there seemed to be children present? Were there really children there during the fighting? Not good, not good at all.


    • Alan Gandy
      July 13, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

      I have a different opinion. For two reasons…

      Firstly, I feel it’s a matter of parental choice pure and simple. This is a safely run well regulated sport. I would have happily taken my kids to see this when they were younger. I don’t like the nanny state thing. Personally I was always more concerned with them watching that trashy American wrestling on TV. Cartoon violence with no consequences and a lot of hate (albiet acting, but kids don’t know that) speak.

      Secondly, it appeared to me that most of the children there were family members of the various clubs involved, who grow up around and often participate in the sport. I have little doubt their parents contextualise it. You’ll find that fighters are the most likely people to walk away from street violence – and I’d be willing to bet their kids are less likely than most children to get involved too.


  2. suesharpe04
    July 13, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    Great images, Alan – Looks like it was a good night!


    • Alan Gandy
      July 13, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

      Thanks Sue


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