A great show

Sunny weather greeted this year’s St Vincent’s Country Fayre, which featured more than 60 exhibitors, including The Resident, at the Fatacil grounds in Lagoa.

The event also featured traditional Scottish dancing, the clown, prize-giving, a Grand Draw and the São Brás de Alportel Gospel Singers. The singers, who rehearse every Tuesday evening, performed an energetic medley of Christian songs.

But perhaps the highlight of the afternoon was a wonderful performance by the Almeida School of Dancing (pictured above), under the expert guidance of instructor Annette Almeida, based in Quarteira. A mixture of English, Portuguese and South African children, aged between five and 17, performed various routines, including Irish tap, classical ballet and character dance. Most delightful of all were the youngest participants – “my little snowflakes,” according to Annette – dressed as little fairies.

Roger Nuttall, British consul, hailed the event as a great success: “A day like this is good for the expatriate community because it really shows them off at their best. It proves there are a lot of businesses run by the British community, all of whom are contributing to the local economy. And they’ve all done great business. This year’s Fayre is bigger and better than last year, with more stands and more people – a truly great show!”