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Posted by portugalpress on December 05, 2017

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve once again held a highly successful Saint Andrew’s Ball at the Penina Hotel, near Portimão, on Saturday, November 25 with well over 100 participants. Piper Malcolm MacGillivray greeted guests into the hotel and then led the parade into the ball after the champagne reception.

“As ever, Hotel Penina staff looked after us wonderfully well,” said Doug McAdam, Chieftain. “They produced a superb buffet, including preparing a cake with the Saint Andrew’s cross under balloons in the shape of the number ‘10’, signifying the number of years they had been hosting our Ball.”

For the 19th year running, the Scottish ceilidh band Sound of Islay entertained guests. 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.

An unexpected treat to bring the evening to a close was a moving bagpipe duet with Malcolm and band drummer Andrew who is also a talented piper.

The Society was grateful to sponsors euroFinesco for once again contributing to the costs of transporting the band from Scotland and to Medal Insurance for covering the cost of the “magnificent” heather table decorations made by Janette Owenson.

The Society hopes that the Ball will have whetted appetites for their next event – the Burns’ Supper at the Restaurante Ponte Romana in Silves on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Watch this space for further details.

And if in the meantime you would like to practise your Scottish country dancing skills, contact Mardie Cunningham (282 356 029) about the sessions at the Nobel School in Porches on Monday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30 pm.

If you would like to know more about the Society – no need to be Scots – give Chieftain Doug McAdam a call on 935 577 362 or Treasurer Kathy Prentice on 919 635246.

Photos: ©A Dean/