She had never seen such “a curious croquet-ground in her life; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingos, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches,” so said Alice in Wonderland in the 1865 classic by Lewis Carroll.
There were no hedgehogs, flamingos or soldiers at the Bela Romão Croquet & Country Club, near Fuseta, on Red Nose Day but there were forty guests wearing dinosaur-themed red noses that featured ‘Dinomite’, ‘T-Spex’ and ‘Triceytops’ with their slogan ‘Meet the diNOSEaurs!’
A fun night with first class cuisine and excellent wines raised €460 for Comic Relief. Executive Chef Sarah Byrne created a superb menu and her ‘Blast from the past 80’s Quiz’ was appropriately won by a party from the Algarve Auction House dressed in St. Trinian’s School outfits.
A raffle and auction helped to swell the proceeds whilst Susan Stevenson-Bennett won the prize for the Best Joke of the Evening. Founder of the Bela Romão Croquet & Country Club Lita Gale said, “We have been delighted with the response and are planning a St. George’s Day event in April as well as a very special day for our first anniversary celebration in June.”
Meanwhile, Liban Abdi, Olhanense’s exciting young football star whose former clubs include Sheffield United and Ferencváros (Hungary) was only to keen too support Red Nose Day.
He and his family escaped war torn Somalia and he grew-up in Norway before moving to England when fourteen. His football career was helped with the assistance of the ‘Football Unites, Racism Divides’ programme and he became the first Somali to be awarded a professional football contract at Sheffield United after impressing the Youth Academy.