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Residents beat the credit crunch blues in Almancil

By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]

Not even the threat of rain could put a dampener on the beat the credit crunch street party held on Saturday, April 18, between the Griffin Bookshop and Joro showroom in Almancil.

There was something for everyone to enjoy on the day – discount clothes, book signings, circus demonstrations, music and more than enough food to please the hungriest of guests.

Winner of the Gourmand Best UK Cook Book award, James McIntosh, travelled to the Algarve especially for the event as part of an Aga cooking demonstration organised by Joro and was also signing copies of his books, Mix and Dinner.

Guests at the street party were lured into the Joro showroom by the tempting smells of roast chicken, bruschetta with goats cheese, sticky cocktail sausages with mango chutney and drop scones all freshly prepared by James.

Outside, Jackie Quirk sold some beautiful cakes and biscuits in aid of Algarve children’s charity ACCA while children were entertained by members of Circo Pequeno and were being taught how to juggle, use the Diablo and spin plates.

Local author Paul McKay signed editions of his A Year in Monchique book while British actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal Jack Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army, was also present and signing copies of his autobiography, Permission to Speak.

Samantha Diamond from ACCA told the Algarve Resident: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part and were pleased to see lots of friends and supporters.  With the help of the Griffin, Joro, Alison´s Collections and many others, we raised a fantastic sum of more than 750 euros.”

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