Once again it will be at the marvellous Penina Hotel, which always looks after us so very well. Participants will be greeted by the skirl of the pipes from 7pm played by our wonderful piper Malcolm MacGillivray (who has exceptionally come out of retirement to play for us). Following a champagne reception there will be a bounteous and sumptuous buffet accompanied by wine, followed by coffee and Atholl Brose.

Afterwards Scottish dancing will for the umpteenth year be to the accompaniment of our excellent ceilidh band from Scotland, “The Sound of Islay”. Each dance will be talked and walked through beforehand so no need for beginners to hang back! Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the spectacle!

So a great opportunity to get out your glad rags again – kilts can be worn if available. Tickets will still cost €45 for Society members and €47,50 for non-members. If you prefer not to drive and would rather spend the night at the hotel after the Ball, perhaps with a round of golf on the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course before or after, the Hotel is offering special rates for Ball participants. If you would like to buy tickets and/or enquire about the Hotel’s special offer – or indeed simply to find out more about the Saint Andrew’s Society - get in touch with Cathy Prentice on cathyprentice2908@gmail.com.

If you would like to sharpen your dancing skills beforehand or even have a go for the first time, why not give it a try. For details contact Mardie Cunningham either on 964278432 or e-mail rosevale45@gmail.com.

Doug McAdam, Chieftain