The St Andrew’s Society held their annual Ceilidh at the Ponte Romana Restaurant in Silves recently. In all, 112 revellers tucked into a hearty meal and danced the night away to many well known, and not so well known, Scottish country dances.
Members and guests were entertained by Sian Hughes Roberts (with a dissertation on the joys of villa management in the Algarve), Sally Dawson (jokes, some irreverent) and some doggerel from Mary King, the Society’s secretary.
The Scottish Country Dancing group entertained the gathering with two demonstration dances and also assisted the uninitiated with the more difficult dances. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the society’s new Chieftain, Fred Hurley, who, during a short address, welcomed new members to the society. He also asked those present to spread the word to get as many new members to join over the next year so that larger gatherings can be arranged.
Everyone attending agreed that they had a wonderful evening and commented that they had not seen so many people taking part in the dances before.
The society’s next major dance event is to be held at the Tivoli Almansor Hotel in Carvoeiro, on Saturday, November 27. The St Andrew’s Society is open to all regardless of nationality. Those wishing to join should contact Kathy Prentice on 919 635 346 or 282 357 275 for an application form. Single membership cost seven euros; couples pay 12 euros per year.