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New Year from Sant Llorenç

Midnight on national TV

Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

No matter where you are in Spain on New Year's Eve, at the stroke of midnight everybody watches the telly to see the clock in Madrid's Puerto del Sol strike twelve. Traditionally on every chime of the clock we eat a grape which gives us good luck for the coming year.

Thousands upon thousands of people throng the Puerto del Sol and millions and millions tune in on TV before going off to dance the night away and finishing off with thick hot chocolate and churros in some bar as the cold light of dawn arrives.

Well this year won't be quiet the same as the watching millions will be seeing not the clock tower in Madrid, but the little church in the picturesque little central plaza in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, right here in Mallorca.

This lovely little town was hit by tragedy in October when heavy rains caused terrible flooding as the dried up river bed known as a torrent became a raging torrent causing the death of locals and tourists alike and terrible damage to property and possessions.

To mark the occasion and display solidarity with the town at state level, one of Spain's national TV channels will be transmitting the chiming of the church bells – the campanadas – live from Sant Llorenç. A team of technicians from the channel has already visited the town to weigh up the logistics of the transmission; best camera angles, power supplies, sound systems etc.

The only thing which has not yet been decided is whether the NYE programme itself – this year to be presented by the mountaineer come adventurer Jesús Calleja and glamorous journalist Lara Álvarez – will be in Mallorca or Madrid.

So, if you're in Spain, you'll probably see the campanadas on the nearest telly or you can watch it online, but no matter where, my NYE tip is; don't try to chew each grape 32 times or you'll never keep up with the bells!