Mme. de Montgermont-Keil and members of the committee of ESU France had prepared a text to be read out at the lunch by our youngest member, 15 year old Pauline Percevault, a student at the Lycée St. Louis in Saumur. We discovered the very interesting history of the ESU in France from its inception in 1987. Pauline must be congratulated for her reading of this lengthy text in English, particularly as she had just returned from a school visit to Spain to practise her Spanish. On behalf of ESU France, our President presented Pauline with a commemorative mug as a token of appreciation.
The sun continued to shine after lunch as we assembled in the gardens to be entertained by the Dorset Youth Marching Band, here on their annual visit to the Maine et Loire. To the amazement of the visitors to the Château who represented many countries of the world, the band paraded in full regalia, red tunics and cockaded hats, to entertain us all in the courtyard amid beautiful gardens in full bloom. Despite the heat, band members marched around the gardens entertaining everyone with a selection of stirring tunes. The youngest musician was just 8 years old. Cameras clicked all around to record this impressive and appropriate performance and finally the applause rang out in appreciation.
It was a most enjoyable ending to a memorable day.
I am sure our members and guests will join with us in thanking our Committee for their hard work in organising so successfully all aspects of this 30th anniversary celebration, this visit to the Château d'Angers: the tour, the lunch and the entertainment by the Dorset Youth Marching Band - it was certainly a day to remember!