Forty Years a Seigneur
Islanders gathered at the Hall for a Vin D’Honneur this week to join Michael Beaumont and his family to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his being Sark’s Seigneur. He inherited the Fief on the 14th July 1974 on the death of his grandmother Sibyl Hathaway, the Dame of Sark, although family commitments meant that he and his wife Diana were unable to move to the island until the following year. At the event Seneschal Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman read out a declaration of celebration from the people of Sark and presented Michael and Diana with a specially commissioned plate to commemorate the occasion. All of the children in Sark School will also receive one of the plates. Michael described his early days as Seigneur and the changes that it brought to his family’s life as well as thanking islanders for their support over the last four decades. His eldest son Christopher also paid tribute to his parents then everyone raised a glass to the Seigneur. Charles Maitland presented the Beaumonts with the first copy of a booklet recently published by La Seigneurie Trust on the history of Sark’s Seigneurs and La Seigneurie. A film that was made in 1974 by the BBC about Michael and Diana’s move from Bristol to Sark was also shown and enjoyed by all.
Pictures by Sue Daly