In the market for some bean jar

SUNSHINE greeted the return of the Viaer Marchi last night as the event returned in fine form to Saumarez Park.

Tom and Marion Guillou tuck into some bean jar at last night’s Viaer Marchi. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1332342)
Tom and Marion Guillou tuck into some bean jar at last night’s Viaer Marchi. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1332342)

SUNSHINE greeted the return of the Viaer Marchi last night as the event returned in fine form to Saumarez Park.

After last year’s washout – which forced its cancellation – organisers estimated that nearly 6,000 people flocked to the evening of traditional Guernsey activities and fare.

Chairman of the Viaer Marchi committee Roddy Dudley-Smith said it was great to see the park so full of people enjoying themselves.

‘This is a marvellous occasion. We were owed fine weather and hopefully tonight has gone some way to making it up to people for last year – they seem to have had a good time.’

National Trust of Guernsey co-ordinator Tim Spencer was manning the ticket desk and said the sheer volume of people passing through – and filling the car parking field – showed the event was as popular with the public as ever.

Comments for: "In the market for some bean jar"

Godfrey

'We need to stop celebrating the Viaer Marchi as nobody honestly cares about this stuff anymore' Discuss...

PLP

I'm not that bothered about it but nearly 6,000 people evidently still are. I'd say it can probably hang on for a few more years.

Johno

Godfrey

Over 6,000 people seem to disagree with you :)........end of conversation!

Matt Fallaize

Godfrey,

You must feel free to celebrate or not celebrate whatever you want.

But my family and five or six thousand other people care about the Viaer Marchi enough to turn up every year.

Congratulations and thank you to the National Trust for another terrific year.

Local

I found it dissapointing. The true Guernsey trades that have helped our economy over the years (stone working, fishing, woolens, Copper craft etc) were stuffed up in a corner behind a tent full of old rubbish! (I thought theyd relocated the recycling yard...)

They need more demonstrations of what made Guernsey, rather than maypole dancing...

I bought some Gache that was so stale you could have cut glass with it!

I liked the idea of the Fort Grey cheese stand but they had no cheese on display, just wooden kitchen implements from spain...

The best stand was the Heche ice cream.

We waited when the queue went down for a meat roll and they couldnt even be bothered to use any butter, let alone Guernsey butter, Cheapskates! One of the best things about a warm meat or bacon roll is having the Guernsey butter melting in to the bread.

Also, being a traditional local event, cant we have caterers that support the local economy by employing local rather than those that need non locals to make proffit? They should also only be allowed to have locally produced products on display.

The beanjar is always tasteless and pale. A decent beenjar should be dark and rich from the marrow of beef shin. The pork version was the paupers version (so iv been told by an old guern). If I wanted someone to taste beanjar for the first time, it wouldnt be from there.

Beanjar

You old miseryguts, Godfrey. If people want to dress up and scoff beanjar (surely one word not two?) what harm are they doing? I might be a bit biased of course.

Local Resident

I'm only sorry I was working, Godfrey needs to get a life and leave people to celebrate what they want. End of!!

I agree with Bean Jar.

bcb

Im sure Godfrey has got a life but maybe he thinks 6000 others haven`t.

What do ya reckon Godfrey?

Godfrey

Not my words gents. This sore debate has been raging at the east coast chancre legion for many a year.