On Sunday 6 July Guernsey Electricity is supporting the celebration of the centenary of the Victor Hugo statue. The statue has undergone extensive renovation this year, including restoring gilt lettering as originally applied.
There will be a delegation of guests from France including descendants of Victor Hugo’s family and the Conseil Générale of La Manche.
The statue will officially be unveiled at 2.30pm and in the build-up there will be music from local bands and performers in the Candie Gardens including the Les Miserables singers, Boys Brigade band and the Scout band.
After the speeches and unveiling of the statue, Guernsey Concert Brass will play on the terrace before the delegates move on to attend a Vin d’Honneur at Hauteville House. The music begins at 1.30pm and visitors are encouraged people to wear blue, white and red in recognition of the France.
The Guernsey Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm and will be free throughout the day. The current exhibition is by Klavdij Sluban – Inhabiting Exile – and examines Victor Hugo’s exile in Guernsey.
A booklet about the statue has been produced and is available from the Guernsey Museum in both English and French.
Sally-Ann David, corporate strategy director of Guernsey Electricity said: “Supporting such a great event is important to us so we can celebrate the life and work of Victor Hugo. These events reinforce the links between Guernsey and France and this is particularly significant at the moment as we strengthen our links with Normandy in particular, so we can work together on infrastructure projects.”
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