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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Epeigné-les-Bois: inauguration of Le Verger de Maria – 25.10.2014

 Stone to mark Le Verger de Maria

This afternoon saw the inauguration of Le Verger de Maria in the allotments of Epeigné-les-Bois just across the road from the village's étang. The stone is in honour of Maria, the mother of Irene Moreau. Sadly Maria is very seriously ill, so there were mixed emotions at today's ceremony. 

Before the inauguration there were brief speeches from Dominique Hisbergue, president of Les Amis des Patrimoines Association des amis des patrimoines d’Epeigné-les-Bois, and Serge, who was Maria's neighbour for many years both in the bourg of Epeigné and also in the allotment/verger as they had neighbouring plots and would see each other most days. 

 Président Dominique Hisbergue

 with Vice-Président Michèle Prieur

The local representative of La Nouvelle République and Irène Moreau
 Serge speaking

 Serge and Jacques (member of the Conseil Municipal)

Annick capturing the moment

Michèle, Irène and Dominique

The ceremonial scissors on a velvet cushion

Dominique cutting the tape
(above and below)

 Dominique embraces Irène Moreau

A crowded vantage point to watch the ceremony

Taking precautions to insure the verger

Speeches (les discours) and inaugurations make 
you thirsty and hungry (soif et faim)
(above and below)

 The large gathering attracts the attention of the local police!!

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