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World War One Centenary - The Algarve says 'Thank You'

World War One Centenary - The Algarve Says Thank YouThe Royal British Legion here in Portugal is planning two events in the Algarve to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. And RBL Portugal Chairman Jacquie Collins is asking people in the region to attend either one, in order to pay their own tributes—“Lest We Forget”.

She said: “We are fortunate in having two events: An "End of the War Dinner Dance" to be held at Restaurant A Cegonia at Camping Albufeira on November 10th for the Algarve region generally.
“And on the same date there will be a Dinner Dance at the Hotel Belavista Luz for those in the west, which has as its theme ‘A Time To Say Thank You’.”

Jacquie explained: "We marked the centenary of the First World War in August 2014 with an event in Almadena, western Algarve and have marked several notable anniversaries since then.
“The branch was proud to be represented at the Great Pilgrimage parade and service at the Menin Gate earlier this year and it is only appropriate we mark the end of the War this RemembranceTide.
“A hundred years may have passed but we still remember the suffering and sacrifices that were made by so many. The Legion grew out of that suffering and its role is still pertinent today for our armed services personnel (current or retired) and their dependents”.

Sue Salisbury-Howe, RBL Western Algarve Events Organiser added: “My husband is ex Military Police and I have also been a military wife, so I have firsthand experience of army life!
“We should always be grateful for the sacrifice that was made for us, to be able us to have peace and democracy.
“It doesn't matter how long ago it was - these people need to be honoured and remembered and we can do this by helping the RBL with fund raising and awareness events”.

The Albufeira dinner, which costs €29 per person, begins at 6pm with a sparkling wine reception then, at 6.30pm, everyone is asked to join in a singalong of WWI songs.
Dinner will be served at 7pm and the entertainment is provided by Victoria Yellop, followed by The Abba Divas and Susanne Wilson.
The four-course dinner is accompanied by a half-bottle of wine and a half-bottle of still water per person.

The dinner at the Hotel Belavista in Praia da Luz is priced at €23 per person with a 7pm reception for 7.30pm start.
Nigel and Sarah from Collar & Cuffs have donated the evening’s entertainment and there is a choice of pork loin or red snapper with the three-course meal that includes wine on the table.

Branch chairman Jacquie added: “As always we expect that these will be popular events so we would appreciate it if anyone interested in attending would please book early.

For the Albufeira event please contact Colin Hearn at colinhearn998@gmail.com.

For the Luz dinner/dance. please contact Sue Salisbury-Howe at casahobo@sapo.pt or 969 324 117.

Royal Mail are issuing a landmark series of Special Stamps to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. There will be 30 stamps in total – six per year from 2014 to 2018. See details HERE.