On the day of the 40th anniversary of the music festival, the Domitys “Les Pagelles” senior services residence in the Bonnefoy district of Toulouse celebrated a birthday like no other: that of its first centenary, Louise. Born on June 21, 1922 in this same district of Bonnefoy, Louise lived for a long time on rue Sainte-Hélène, 500 meters from the residence where she has now lived for 4 years. She, who experienced her first music festival at the age of 60, blew out her hundred candles in music and song, offered by her family, her neighbors, and the entire Domitys team. An opportunity to evoke his long life made up of joys and sorrows. Left at 5 years old to live in Barcelona then returned at 13 for a vacation in Toulouse, the civil war will prevent her from returning to Spain. Louise will then become a seamstress. At 17, when the Second World War broke out, she worked on making uniforms for the military, and ended her career in that of competitive swimsuits. Her worst memories, “the loss of freedom and the difficulty of finding food”, confides Louise who always wanted to remain free, never married and had no children.
“Why bother with a man!” she says. Her passion was sport, she was trained by her brother. “Cycling and skiing, these moments brought me the most happiness!” Among her birthday gifts, Louise received an authentic diary from the day of her birth. This was the pretext for a quiz on the year 1922 with all the residents, to remember that at the time telephone numbers only had 2 digits, our president was Raymond Poincaré, the newspaper only cost only 10 cents, the Tour de France had only 38 riders, and laughing at the advertising for laxative pills of the time.