Report by John Riddington Young, North Devon, UK
Another splendid weekend was spent in Normandy, shared with fellow members of the Anglo French ENT Society, and with the Société d’ORL et de Chirurgie Cervico-Faciale de Basse-Normandie. Most of the British contingent arrived in Deauville the night before the meeting and dined with colleagues of some thirty years acquaintance.
The following morning, whilst wives sauntered together with French épouses around the sophisticated resort of Deauville, the nearest seaside to Paris by train and favoured by Churchill for its racecourse and casino; the surgeons went off by char-a-banc to the Deauville Lawn Tennis Club where the meeting was being held.
Outside the Deauville Lawn Tennis Club after the morning academic session (Phillipe Roelly, Rennes, Vincent Patron, Caen, Guy Kenyon, London, John Bennett, Bradford and John Riddington Young, North Devon)
The theme for the day was laryngeal and the guest speakers were the renowned Professors Marc Remacle from Luxemburg and Franck Jegoux from Rennes. Lectures were in French with English subtitles. We therefore fielded Philippe Bowles FRCS from Brighton, who speaks peerless French and has a French wife and mother. The more perspicacious reader will already have noticed a slight idiosyncrasy with the spelling of his Christian name. Philippe gave a fascinating and innovative lecture on Tissue engineering techniques for vocal cord regeneration.
Relaxing in Deauville (Edward Fisher, Birmingham; John Riddington Young, North Devon and John Bennett, Bradford)
The Normandy weather was glorious and the Lawn Tennis Club provided us with an excellent déjeuner al fresco on the lawn. After this first-class refreshment, including local wines, some of us got back on the motor coach and went to Pont-l'Évêque. the home of one of the famous Camembert style cheeses. This small town also has a Calvados distillery who gave us a wonderful tour and tasting of different types of apple brandy. In the evening we had another coach trip to a delightful little Norman village of Pierrefitte-en-Auge for our Gala (terroir) Dinner in the garden of a small French pub called 'The Two Tuns'. Actually the name outside was 'L’Auberge des Deux Tonneaux'.
Outside the 'Two Tuns' before the Terroir Gala dinner (Cécile Pagot and Phillipe Roelly, Rennes with John Riddington Young and Mary Fisher from North Devon)
Next year it is the turn of the British to entertain the French and Wendy Smith has agreed to host an extravaganza of Rutlandshire hospitality on 7-9 June. Everyone is welcome. Further information from Wendy Smith at email@example.com