We are pleased to say the relationship is going from strength to strength, thanks in great part to the efforts of dear Friends who live locally, notably Alison and Jon Haslock at Old Blighty tea-rooms and Julie and David Thomson at No. 56.
Thank you for all your continued commitment, support and efforts, especially with the recent vandalism (see below). It is wonderful to know that when I am stuck here, 200 miles away from Lochnagar, that when problems occur you guys, together with French friends, are there to help and make everything right. And a special thank-you to Alison and Jon at Old Blighty which from day one has been our unofficial HQ and favourite ‘watering hole’ during sometimes arduous sessions working at the Crater. A warm welcome and unrivalled hospitality are guaranteed and, as I’ve said before many times, the priceless sight of a dozen or more dear Friends all sat around a table having a well-earned break is a joy to behold. Thanks both.
And this year, once again, we had the great honour of being invited to the ‘Voeux de Maire’ the friendly and informal annual meeting of the villagers, hosted by our good friend the Mayor, M. Christian Bernard who updates the village with any forthcoming events and news etc. He was kind enough to mention us all in his address and express his appreciation at the continued and growing relationship with Lochnagar, especially with the local children and the July 1st ceremony. (By Richard Dunning)