Face to Face: María Dolores Corujo

Last June, María Dolores Corujo , known as Loli to friends, became the most powerful woman on Lanzarote when she was elected as President of the island’s government, the Cabildo, ending almost 10 years of rule by the Coalición Canaria.

Face to Face: Mayor of Teguise

Oswaldo Betancort has served as the Mayor of Teguise, Lanzarote’s largest municipality, for eight years and commenced his third term at the head of the Ayuntamiento earlier this year, when he also won a seat as a representative in the Canarian parliament.

Spotlight on: Gerie B

Gerie B has been one of the island’s favourite entertainers for almost 20 years. Julie Helliwell met with her to find out more about her singing career and how she keeps it so fresh and vibrant!

Spotlight On: Pancho Corujo

Pancho Corujo is late for our interview, partly because he’s been stopped a few times on the way. Arrecife locals recognise the young tenor from TV and his popular Facebook page, where he often posts funny videos, and they want a chat and maybe a selfie. His popularity is no mystery – he’s an open, friendly character with a touch of that swagger that every good tenor needs.

Spotlight On: Adrian Bambrough

Adrian Bambrough is a very familiar face on the island, having been a regular visitor since childhood. Julie Helliwell met with him to learn more about his life here for the last 11 years, plus his recent musical challenges and international adventures.

Face to Face: Mayor of Yaiza

Yaiza is probably Lanzarote’s most spectacularly beautiful municipality, home to the beaches of Papagayo, the unforgettable landscapes of El Golfo and Femés, the purring modern resort of Playa Blanca and the sleek Puerto Calero marina.

Spotlight on: Colleen Meje

Colleen Meje entertains hundreds of holiday makers every week with her fantastic cocktail shows at luxury hotels such as Lani’s Suites de Luxe, Lava Beach and La Isla y El Mar Hotel Boutique, to name but a few. Julie Helliwell met the talented singer who lights up the stage.

Face to Face: Mayor of Tias

José Juan Cruz is already a familiar face to Tías residents, having been the Mayor of the island’s most important tourist municipality for several years until 2011, when he was ousted by Pancho Hernández. This June, however, “Pepe Juan” managed to retake Tías for the Socialists after a close contest and a pact with councillors from Podemos and Avanza Lanzarote.

Face to Face: Mayor of Arrecife

Astrid Pérez was sworn in as Mayor of Arrecife in mid-June, after one of the least expected pacts to follow the local elections. It’s the first taste of real power for a woman who has become one of the best-known faces in Lanzarote politics .

The Last Post

Antonio Cedrés delivered the mail in Mácher for 38 years before retiring in March this year. Born and bred in the village, he’s seen the way it’s changed, got to know the locals and handed over hundreds of thousands of parcels, letters, bills and Christmas cards.