Flower of Scotland

WORDS Doug McAdam

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held another successful annual Saint Andrew’s Ball at the Penina Hotel on Saturday, 19 November: 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 at 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 the umpteenth time (probably 20 years, but who’s counting!), 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 very kindly organised the wonderful flower arrangements and arranged the magnificent hamper.

Our next event will be our Burns Supper on Saturday, 28 January, as usual, at the Restaurant Ponte Romana in Silves. Put it in your diary now!

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? For details, contact Mardie Cunningham either on +351 964278432 or by email rosevale45@gmail.com

Doug McAdam is Chieftain of the St Andrews Society.

If you would like to know more about the Society – no need to be Scots – give Treasurer Kathy Prentice a call on +351 919 635 246.


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