The Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held another successful Saint Andrew’s Ball with 120 guests at the Penina Hotel, in Portimão, on Saturday, November 25.
Our piper Malcolm MacGillivray came out of retirement again to greet guests into the hotel and then led the parade into the ball after the champagne reception.
As usual, the Penina Hotel 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 over 20 years running, the Scottish ceilidh band 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” on the stroke of midnight.
The Society was very grateful to its sponsors. Blevins Franks provided table sponsorship and supplied the whisky for the raffle and for our next Burns Supper and Medal Insurance kindly covered the costs of the flower arrangements. Janette Owenson once again organised the wonderful flower arrangements and Kevin Owenson kindly arranged the magnificent hamper for the raffle.
The Society hopes that the Ball will have whetted appetites for their next event – the Burns Supper at the Ponte Romana restaurant in Silves on Saturday, January 27, 2024. So please put this event in your diaries now and watch for further details later.
Doug McAdam – Chieftain