Ambassador reminded of home

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A CELEBRATION of Vietnamese culture gave a visiting ambassador a reminder of home when he came to visit Milton Keynes last week.

A special evening at the newly-opened Viet restaurant in Oldbrook was attended by 70 guests, among them the Vietnamese ambassador, Vu Quang Minh, and the Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Alan Richards.

Mr Richards welcomed the ambassador and presented him with an inscribed Borough of Milton Keynes plaque, together with a book about the city, formally welcoming him.

The ambassador responded in kind, praising Milton Keynes, and said how pleased he was there is now the opportunity for its residents to sample Vietnamese food and culture.

At the champagne reception a video was screened showing the beautiful scenes on offer in Vietnam.

During dinner a talk was given by Paul Lucas, a Milton Keynes resident, on his travels through Vietnam, which prompted the ambassador to joke that he planned to resign in favour of Paul taking over his post.

Paul has written a book called Ho Chi Minh Noodles and the Trail through Vietnam, a signed copy of which was bought by the Ambassador.

Guests were welcomed by restaurant owner Viet and were entertained by musicians and singers from Vietnam.