Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Gathering in honour of Pedro Barrié de la Maza (1950)

The local elite decided to take advantage of the dictator's personal power, and exploit his personal connections with the Ferrol region where he had been born and raised, and with the capital of A Coruña, where he had been military governor. In 1938, through the 'Diputación Provincial' (the Council of the Provincial Department), a local group of major figures managed to purchase Meirás Palace, situated on the outskirts of A Coruña, which they gave to Franco as a gift. These personalities included Pedro Barrié de la Maza, president of 'Banco [Bank] Pastor', future owner of Astano, and a personal friend of the dictator. The photograph was taken at the inauguration of the new Yacht Club in A Coruña in 1950. Amongst those seated, the fourth from the right is Pedro Barrié, president of the club. From those standing, the third from the left is the mayor, Alfonso Molina. Behind them is an official photograph of Franco.

Photograph by Alberto Martí