THE team that produces the biggest and best English newspaper in Spain proved last Saturday that they could also party along with the best of them.

More than 60 per cent of hundreds of readers – in a recent survey – stated that the EWN is their favoured and preferred publication.

In recognition of putting and keeping the EWN firmly in top spot in recent years among fellow competitor newspapers from Costa del Sol, Axarquia, Almeria, Costa Blanca, and not forgetting Mallorca, more than 85 people attended a Grand Gala Champagne Christmas Staff Party at the Valparaiso Restaurant in Mijas (Malaga).

Along with EWN staff from the head office in Benalmadena, and regional bases in Almeria, Altea and Torrevieja, wives, husbands, partners and select leading corporate clients were among the guests.

The near eight-hour-long Black Tie event started with Champagne cocktails and canapés, and this was followed by an 18-course gala banquet that included oysters, lobster, ostrich and four desserts.

During the evening, Publishers Michel and Steven Euesden presented awards to the Sales Manager of 2010, Most Promising Newcomer, Most Extraordinary, Best Department, Most Loyal Staff Member, Best Designer, Best Sales Person, Longstanding Award, Most Improved Branch and Most Accomplished.

Entertainment was provided by singer Jordana (pop), resident Valparaiso tenor Pedro Barrientos, Masquerade (chart hits) and DJ Paul the Bear. Master of Ceremonies was Steve Shappelle.

Despite the storm, at midnight a grand fireworks display was staged, with the evening finally winding up at 3am. Each guest was given a Christmas hamper on departure.