In April 1988, a statue and commemorative plaque was erected to honour the novelist Laurie Lee, forever associated with the town of Almuñecar.
Laurence Edward Alan “Laurie” Lee, MBE (26 June 1914 – 13 May 1997) was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter whose most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of ‘Cider with Rosie’ (1959), ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ (1969) and ‘A Moment of War’ (1991).
The first volume, ‘Cider with Rosie’, recounts his childhood in the Slad Valley. In the second, ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’, Lee writes about his leaving home for London and his first visit to Spain in 1935 and his stay in Almuñécar, which he calls ‘Castillo’ in order to protect the identities, and lives, of all concerned.
The third volume, ‘A Moment of War’. deals with his return to Spain in December 1937 to join the Republican International Brigades in the fight against General Franco.
Other works include ‘A Rose for Winter’, describing a trip he made to Andalucia some fifteen years after the Spanish Civil War.