The St Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held their Burns Supper at the Ponte Romana restaurant in Silves on January 26.
According to Society Chieftain Doug McAdam,the Supper was a “resounding success” enjoyed by over 100 participants.
Doug McAdam said: “The evening got off to a great start with guests welcomed by bagpiper Malcolm MacGillivray who, as ever, was in sparkling form. Guests enjoyed a glass or two of bubbly sponsored by Joaquim Tinoco of Catuna & Silva.
“The Society has used the restaurant for this event for many years and the staff are now well practised in preparing and serving the traditional haggis, tatties – and neeps once again kindly provided by Stewarts of Tayside.”
The haggis was addressed by Doug McAdam and the main speech – a fascinating piece on the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns – was given by John Hope.
Ross Moodie made the lively ‘Toast to the Lassies’ and the more-than-adequate response on behalf of the lassies was made by Allison Hohnbaum.
The assembled company then partook of lively and enthusiastic Scottish dancing until midnight when the proceedings were brought to a close with Auld Lang Syne piped by Malcolm.
Anyone interested in knowing more about the Society – no need to be Scots – should ring Chieftain Doug McAdam on 935 577362 or Kathy Prentice on 919 635246. And if you would like to give Scottish dancing a try, you should contact Mardie Cunningham, who runs the dancing at the International School in Porches on Monday evenings from 7.30pm – 282 356 029.