It was a special evening for the Algarve Resident team as the newspaper celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday, November 8 with a special event at the five-star Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel.
Over 150 people took part in the celebrations, including staff members, business partners and long-standing friends of The Resident, including British Vice Consul to the Algarve Clive Jewell, former Resident owner Sheena Rawcliffe, Lagoa councillor Mário Guerreiro, afpop CEO Michael Reeve, David Thomas, president of Safe Communities Portugal, and The Revd Reid Hamilton.
Guests enjoyed excellent wines courtesy of Quinta dos Vales and delicious canapés served by the staff at Tivoli Carvoeiro. Resident chefs also put on a show by cooking a delicious ‘xerém’, a kind of corn porridge with shrimp and shellfish.
It was then time for Bruce Hawker, CEO of the Open Media Group, publishers of the Algarve Resident, to speak and thank all those in attendance for showing their support now and over the years, as well as the team which produced what he described as the “biggest and best edition of the Algarve Resident yet” (the celebratory 72-page November 7, 2019 edition).
He also highlighted the launch of the new revamped Portugal Resident website, which was redesigned and improved in various ways. The result is a website that is more appealing and easier to use, making it a more enjoyable experience than ever to stay up to date with what is going on in the Algarve and Portugal.
The event was a great way to mark such an important milestone for the newspaper, which we can all agree is now better and stronger than ever.
Editor Inês Lopes said: “Each edition represents the hard work of a fantastic, professional team who, to me, are more than colleagues. They are family.”
The Open Media Group would like to thank Tivoli Carvoeiro, Quinta dos Vales and all its other partners for helping make this day so special. Here’s to another 30 years!