Black MadonnaIt was estimated that 20,000 people from all over Tenerife descended on the coastal town of Candelaria yesterday to take part in the celebrations in honour of the patron of the Canaries, the Black Madonna.

Many had walked throughout the night from points as far away as Icod and Adeje to be in the main square when the procession carrying the statue of the Virgin emerged from the basilica.

Despite the huge crowds, no incidents were reported by the police. The mass in the basilica was officiated by the Bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Alvarez, and attended by the regional president Paulino Rivero, who represented Spain’s King Juan Carlos.