ALGECIRAS Mayor José Ignacio Landaluce presided yesterday over a full house for the opening ceremonies for the XXVII edition of the town's Jornadas de Tauromaquia. In his presentation, Landaluce pointed to the importance of the Bullfighting School of Algeciras in the city's support for bullfighting, as well as the cooperation of the bullfighting impresario company Fomentauro, which runs the Las Palomas bullring. He also alluded to the difficult times the country is going through, which is having an impact on this most Spanish of 'arts'. Nevertheless, he says, matadors, aficionados, impresarios, journalists and many others, continue to attend these workshops, which is a very good sign. The official opening words were pronounced by prosecutor and professor at UNED Juan Luis Moreno Retamino, who in turn presented the programme for the coming days, which include talks and conferences by eminent people with an interest in bullfighting such as breeder Ricardo Gallardo, attorney Joaquín Moeckel and matador Eduardo Dávila Miura, among others.