THE city’s elders clunked their way through a game of petanque in the late autumn sunshine while others sipped a drop of the local Burgundy red.
But for one man in the French city of Dijon, there was no relaxation to be found on Halloween.
Patrice Carteron had spent the afternoon glued to Canal Plus, watching events unfold across the Channel.
It was not happy viewing.
Carteron saw his former club humiliated against their fiercest rivals and felt for the thousands on Wearside who had made his own derby experience so memorable.
With redemption for Sunderland at stake against the Magpies this weekend, Carteron just hopes his old employers can restore some pride.
“When I saw their game against Newcastle, I was really angry because I knew how important it was for the fans to get a good result against the Mags,” said Carteron on October’s 5-1 thrashing at St James’s Park.
“Hopefully the players can get some revenge on Sunday.”
Read the rest of this article in tonight’s Sunderland Echo.