YOUNG and old got together at Calpe’s Hotel Gran Sol Hotel, to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of Calpe’s most respected citizens known to everyone simply as ‘Our Andrew.’
But as this was a special occasion, he was persuaded to wear his full insignia of office, awarding him the Knight Templar title of; Chevalier, Knight Commander, Andrew Kappler Rumming.
But true to form, once the sparkle and red ribbon grandeur moment was over, Andrew immediately turned the whole party into a charity event on behalf of the Knights Templers of Spain.
The evening opened with a bang when Linda Morrell-Vessey, sang popular show songs, which were so appreciated, she personally raised €300 for the local Animal Charity shop she manages full time.
Later, much to the delight of an appreciative audience, pupils of Marcia’s Calpe Dance and Stage School performed several charming ballet routines, all choreographed by Phaedra Vaughn, as support for the Emaus Childrens Charity.
Final charity presentations were made by another Knight Templar who had flown from the UK especially for the occasion.
Chevalier, Knight Commander, John Titcombe of the preceptory of St Bernard of Clairvaux, South West and Thames Valley, who presented a cheque for £50 to Calpe Councillor Carol Saunders as a donation for the Emaus Childrens Home.
Despite a cornucopia of fund raising and entertainment, the guests still had time to enjoy a sumptuous buffet prepared by the hotel owners, two sisters who moved from Norway less than a year ago to add their individual hotel and catering skills to Calpe’s hotel industry.
The Gran Sol Hotel restaurant is open to non residents as are the pool, palm garden and bar facilities during the warmer months.
By Benny Davis