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Annual festivities in honour of St James the Apostle have been called off in Santiago de Compostela – following the fatal train train crash.

Where there was meant to be celebration, there is now mourning.

A funfair, which would normally be bustling, is now closed.

“I agree, if they close everything, all businesses, but you can see that there are bars open,” said Miguel Camuendo Arias, a fairground stall holder.

“I think the business that we have here in this market area businesses like any other.”

Other companies said that while there are a lot of people in the area, it is not as busy as it would normally be at this time of year.

“Especially today there are much less people in the streets, less work,” said Hector Gomez, restaurant waiter.

“People are not so enthusiastic, much more sad. We are getting about 30 to 40 percent of what we would normally have on a festive day like this one.”

Tourists are disappointed that the festivities have been called off, but said that they understood the reasons.

“We’re not in the mood for celebrating anything. It was a pity that they’ve canceled the fireworks, because we wait the whole year to come to Santiago, but what can we do?,” said one visitor.

Tourists and local people have left messages for those who died or were injured in the train crash and their families. One read: “Your trip doesn’t finish here. We are with you: relatives and victims of the train crash in Santiago.”

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Publié le 26/07/2013

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