The town of Guia has two claims to fame: it is the place where chicken piri piri originated and Sir Cliff Richard has a villa here. All the restaurants in town advertise the chicken and Sir Cliff’s face is on posters all over the place, advertising the local wine.
His villa is actually just down the lane from us and is surrounded by his vineyards. Derek has been making ‘Sir Cliff’ jokes and remarks for weeks now and we check every passing car in the hope of spotting him. I found a copy of his autobiography on the bookshelf at the villa and started reading, only to discover that he lived and went to school in Cheshunt and had his first gig at a pub in Hoddesdon – the town where Mum, John and Chris live! I’ll mention all this if we bump into him.