News in Brief: New Prefect, Tank Museum, Road Works, Video Games

Corinne-Orzechowski

Corinne-Orzechowski

New Prefect

The new Prefect for the Manche council in Normandy will be Corinne Orzechowski, currently Prefect in the Mayenne. She replaces the outgoing Prefect Adolphe Colrat who has held the post since August 2011.

Mrs Orzechowski, aged 54, has two children and a degree from the Political Institute of Grenoble. She is the first female Prefect for the department and is expected to take up her post at the end of August.

D-Day Route Road Works

Tourists visiting Saint Mere Eglise, one of the most visited locations on the Normandy D-Day landings trail, face disruption this summer due to major road works.

From the 01 July until the middle of August the main road south into the town from the RN 13 will be closed. The RD 67 and the RD 974 will also be closed with diversions in place. The RD 15 and the RD 17 will also be closed during certain phases of the road works.

New Tank Museum

Normandy’s new tank museum at the Catz airfield near Carantan is now open. It contains the collection of Patrick Nerrand, the owner, and his son and includes tanks, lorries and every other kind of vehicle that was used during the Second World War.

‘It would be selfish to keep the collection to ourselves. We must remember what part was played in tribute to those who fought and help the young people of today not to forget,’ said Mr Nerrand.

One of the things that makes it different is being able to book a ride in a tank. ‘It is an opportunity to get a real feeling for the equipment that changed history,’ said museum director Patrick Bunel.

Tank museum website

Video Game Weekend

Over a hundred avid video games fans are set to descend on Normandy this weekend for the region’s first ever games festival organised by the association Double KO in Rouen.

There will be competitions with all the latest technology but also the opportunity to use older collectable versions of games, said the association’s vice president Etienne Pereira. He added that the final of the competition will be streamed live on the internet.

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