Heartfelt thanks, one and all for coming along and putting the ‘great’ into a great Viaër Marchi last Monday, 1st July.
We believe that a record number of visitors joined us for this 50-year-strong celebration of Guernsey’s traditional Island life. Blessed with warm sunny weather and an exceptional array of demonstrators, singers, stallholders and musicians, the evening thronged from late afternoon until sunset.
Fifty years on, Lé Viaër Marchi 1969-2019 remains gentle in spirit and a warmly enjoyed gathering. That the event is has grown from a simple Courtyard gathering, to this substantial and widely attended event, is testament to the vision of NTG Founder Member the late Peggy Carey MBE. Mrs. Carey remains with us in spirit, through the work of her grandson, Andrew Carey, Chairman of Lé Viaër Marchi Organising Committee and her granddaughter Jacqui Mancini, who expertly managed the Stallholder lists and paperwork for 2019.
Channel TV, BBC Radio Guernsey, Visit Guernsey and the Guernsey Press jumped right in and covered the event from start to finish. We appreciate their coverage and enthusiastic support of National Trust news and events. Magnificent help by Volunteer Groups from RBS International, The Travel Corp., Zedra and HSBC Private Banking made for seamless setting up and taking down of the event. Our main sponsor The Channel Islands Cooperative Society rolled out a superb stall showcasing Island produce and also facilitated cooked-to-order homemade sausages, by the team from Perelle Butchery. Thanks to Islands who sponsored the production of the event programme for the evening and also to The Potting Shed and Melody Press for rapid turnaround of artwork and getting the programme to print, despite nail-biting deadlines.
To everyone involved and to the thousands who joined us, your warm and friendly support of Lé Viaër Marchi significantly helps the National Trust of Guernsey in its aim to preserve Guernsey’s heritage for future generations.
‘Tan Qui, a la perchoine’ : Monday 6th July 2020 – the Diamond Anniversary of The National Trust of Guernsey 1960 – 2020.
Andrew Carey and Lé Viaër Marchi Organising Committee.