Hotel Penina

Saint Andrew’s Ball returns in November

Not quite Phoenix from the ashes, but the Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve is delighted to announce that, for the first time since 2019, we will be having our Saint Andrew’s Ball on Saturday, November 19.

Once again, it will be at the Penina Hotel in Portimão, which always looks after us so well.

Participants will be greeted by the skirl of the pipes from 7pm, played by our wonderful piper Malcolm MacGillivray (who has exceptionally come out of retirement to play for us). Following a champagne reception, there will be a bounteous and sumptuous buffet accompanied by wine, followed by coffee and Atholl Brose.

Afterwards, Scottish dancing will, for the umpteenth year, be to the accompaniment of our excellent ceilidh band from Scotland, The Sound of Islay. Each dance will be talked and walked through beforehand so no need for beginners to hang back. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the spectacle!

Saint Andrew’s Ball returns in November

So, a great opportunity to get out your glad rags again – kilts can be worn if available.

Tickets will still cost €45 for Society members and €47.50 for non-members. If you prefer not to drive and would rather spend the night at the hotel after the ball, perhaps with a round of golf on the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course before or after, the hotel is offering special rates for ball participants.

If you would like to buy tickets and/or enquire about the hotel’s special offer – or indeed simply to find out more about the Saint Andrew’s Society – get in touch with Cathy Prentice on cathyprentice2908@gmail.com

 If you would like to sharpen your dancing skills beforehand or even have a go for the first time, why not give it a try? For details contact Mardie Cunningham either on 964 278 432 or email rosevale45@gmail.com

By DOUG McADAM, Chieftain