Piper Malcolm MacGillivray
Piper Malcolm MacGillivray

Saint Andrew’s Ball success at Penina

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held another successful annual Saint Andrew’s Ball at the Penina Hotel on Saturday, November 19, the first after a gap of three years.

We were delighted that our piper Malcolm MacGillivray came out of retirement especially to play for us. He greeted guests into the hotel and then led the parade into the ball after the champagne reception.

As usual, Hotel Penina produced a superb buffet – including preparing a cake with the Saint Andrew’s cross – and the friendly and attentive staff ensured that everything ran smoothly. For the umpteenth time (probably 20 years!), the Scottish ceilidh band The Sound of Islay entertained guests warmly. They, along with contributions from piper Malcolm, ensured that the dancing was both energetic and enthusiastic leaving just enough strength for a lusty “Auld Land Syne”.

The Society was very grateful to Sandy and Kate Stratton for covering the costs of transporting the band from Scotland, to Blevins Franks who kindly sponsored a table and to Medal Insurance for covering the costs of the flower arrangements. Janette Owenson once again organised the wonderful flower arrangements and arranged the magnificent hamper.

Our next event will be our Burns Supper on Saturday, January 28, as usual at the Restaurant Ponte Romana in Silves.

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

If you would like to know more about the Society – no need to be Scots – give Treasurer Kathy Prentice a call on 919 635 246.

By Doug McAdam, Chieftain