The 'Vinbulance,' the 4th emergency service delivering wine, beer and spirits in Hauts de France.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download
09 April 2020. Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas de Calais, France.
The 'Vinbulance.' The 4th emergency service delivering wine, beer and spirits in and around Le Touquet and Montreuil Sur Mer in Hauts de France, 1 hour south of Calais.
Olivier and Belinda Tirel, (both 45 yrs old) owners of La Cave de Montreuil and Le Touquet with their emergency vehicle, the 'Vinbulance.'
Belinda, an Australian met Olivier, a Frenchman in England when they both worked at Café Rouge in Kew Gardens in London in 1996. Married 24 years with 4 children they own 2 wine shops, one in Le Touquet (since 2007) and one in Montreuil Sur Mer (since 2015).
Belinda came up with the idea of the 'Vinbulance' having seen a photo of a 'winebulance' on the internet. Olivier and Belinda contacted friends who are doctors, nurses and medical technicians before embarking on the idea. They wanted to check that their idea would not be offensive to those working on the front lines against coronavirus. All their friends in the medical profession thought it would be an excellent idea to try and cheer people up, bring a smile to their faces and help lift people's spirits in these difficult times. 'Which was the point of it,' explained Olivier.
'People give us thumbs up, toot their horns and wave when they see the 'vinbulance.' Belinda was stopped twice in the past 2 days with people asking to take photos of her and the 'vinbulance' explained Olivier. 'One person, a regular customer even ordered some wine because he did not know we were open.'
'The coronavirus crisis has badly affected business. We have lost all of our restaurant trade and people just are not having parties and celebrating as they were before all this,' explained Olivier.
'We are considered a business of 'première nécessité,' (first necessity) as declared by the French Government which means we can remain open. We don't get any help from the government financially, we have 4 children and a Brazilian exchange student who is staying with us beca
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