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RENÉ MOUCHOTTE - Bleriot Airfield, Marck

Date: 27th September 2014

I went with friends to Calais yesterday to buy wine and cheeses and also to have dinner at an excellent restaurant the Côte d’Argent. They expressed an interest in seeing the Memorial to René at Bleriot Airfield near Marck, a small village north of Calais.

I was very upset to see the Memorial in such a state. When we filmed ‘Searching for René’ in 2012 the gold lettering had almost gone but the red, white and blue shingle at the base was still in place and it didn’t have the ‘air of neglect’ which now surrounds it. If I had the wherewithal I’d pay for its refurbishment myself.

However I did have a moment of total joy. In 2012 - they were redecorating the lobby and on talking to the Manager, who fortunately spoke excellent English, about my research and filming he brought out a large Billboard about Bleriot and Mouchotte which I understood would be put back in the lobby after decoration. Yesterday - we had an absolutely superb Jambon baguette and a glass of wine there and there was absolutely nothing on the Walls. Fortunately the new Manager also spoke good English - brought the poster out of a back office. It was obvious that it would just languish there until it got chucked out. I offered to buy it- and he gave it to me!!!!!!!!!!! I am so so so thrilled - though where I shall put it is anybody’s guess it is 48 x36 inches. At least it won’t get consigned to the scrap heap.

If you are ever in Calais with some time to spare, the Louis Bleriot Airfield Bar serves the best ‘Sandwich’ I’ve every tasted. Of course, to the French a sandwich is half a baguette with a filling. I’ve never tasted such a fresh crusty baguette loaded with thick slices of ham (not the wafer thin apologies we get in English sandwiches).

A photo of the poster. Although my flat is large it is only a flat so what I shall have to get rid of, in order to accommodate the poster, is anybody’s guess. A close girlfriend declares that I have far too much clutter but all my ‘clutter’ holds a story and a memory so I shall have to live in my clutter whilst she continues to live in her gorgeous, pristine but rather ‘sterile’ apartment – apologies Dee!
 

RENÉ MOUCHOTTE - Bleriot Airfield, Marck

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