This chapter discusses events during the first few months of the reopening of the border. In the weeks and months after 5 February 1985, business boomed from the new tourist trade to Gibraltar. Many Gibraltarians also crossed into the Campo to shop at the hypermarket Continente, or for the market in La Línea. One significant Gibraltarian who on 18 April made his first visit to the Campo after a 20–year interval was the Chief Minister, Sir Joshua Hassan. He was returning the official visit of the Chairman of the Councils of the Campo Region, Rafael Palomino, who went to Gibraltar on 22 March. For the Spaniards of the Campo, the visit was an important step in re–establishing direct personal contacts, which they saw as an essential part of the process of ‘osmosis’ (as they called it), which would help to normalise relations between the Rock and the Campo.
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