Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, spoke at the opening ceremony of the Bastille Day Festival in Forbury Gardens, Reading on Saturday 15 July 2017.
The Reading Bastille Day Festival is a free annual event started in 2012 by local Frenchman Vinz Valere who wanted to celebrate Bastille Day with his friends in Reading. This year’s event included entertainment by French singers Emilie and Célia Glauserand and NAO the French robot, as well as various French food stalls.
Bastille Day is a French national holiday that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. It also celebrates the victory of the Federation, which celebrates the unity of the French people, on 14 July 1790.
Alok Sharma cut the ribbon at the opening of the event and made a short speech welcoming the community.
Alok Sharma said: “I was very pleased to join many of my constituents at this year’s Bastille Day Festival. It is always a joy to attend such a fun filled occasion that celebrates the community spirit of our town.”
Vinz Valere, one of the founders of the Bastille Day Festival in Reading said: “We are so delighted to welcome Alok Sharma MP to the festival and for his involvement and support over the years. We hope to work together more to ensure a bright future for Reading and bigger Bastille Day events in the years to come.”