Quite early the mayor of Lacapelle Pinet (the commune under which Le Bruel 'sits') turned up, very friendly, bringing marquees and tables from the Marie, but also thanking everyone for doing another BruelFest and also offering solidarity to us as part of the community - we did ask him if we could stay ... he did say 'yes'. 'Phew!
So, the least we could do was ask him to taste and approve the little bottle of wine that the neighbours had donated to accompany the evening's meal:
As the pizzas were served and the wine flowed, La Talvera played some terrific, lively music, with Monsieur Bernadon giving a great solo performance on harmonica at one point. The music got a lot of people on their feet and dancing:
The other food was laid out under the marquees and people sat down to eat, while others carried on with a bit of dancing and others with some quite surprising games ... like a French version of tossing the caber, except they used oak and chestnut beams!
We were warmed, not only by the splendid bread-oven, but by the kindness shown to us during the evening, with people of all ages saying how shocked and sorry they were about the Brexit result and that they hoped this did not mean we would have to leave. We were offered a specially designed 'Le Bruel Visa' that stated we were 'Bruel Citoyens' and had been here for generations. If by 'here', they meant resident in the spirit of goodwill, community spirit, sharing and acceptance then, of course, we hope we have.