Crewkerne & District Twinning Association welcomed new and long-term friends from Igny and Bures-sur-Yvette in France, to Crewkerne. While the majority of the French party chose to travel to the town by coach, four of the group cycled across land from their homes near Paris and on arrival in England, continued their bike trip to Crewkerne. They were met at Halstock crossroads by two of the twinning association’s members, Ben Hartshorn and Ken Priest who cycled to greet them.
The Mayor of Bures-sur-Yvette, Jean-Francois Vigier and three of his town’s councillors, arrived by motor-cycles on the Friday evening. Those who arrived on the Thursday, along with their host families, visited Portland on the Friday, calling in at Portland Castle and the Heights Hotel for lunch, where they enjoyed the stunning views over the harbour and Chesil Beach. The French group were accompanied by one of their local artists, who also brought paintings by two others who were unable to attend. A preview of the art exhibition at Crewkerne & District Museum & Heritage Centre on the Friday evening included entertainment by a group of musicians.
On the Saturday morning, the French party and their hosts enjoyed a full English breakfast at the George Reynolds Centre, courtesy of Crewkerne Town Council. The remainder of that day was spent at leisure in and around the town before the final event in the evening at the GRC. Following a speech by the Mayor of Bures, everyone enjoyed a buffet supper and country dancing. The French visitors left Crewkerne early on the Sunday morning for their return journey. A spokesperson for Crewkerne & District Twinning Association said: “The visit came to an end all too quickly as we waved goodbye to the coach at 07:30 hrs in the morning. Crewkerne & District Twinning Association welcomes new members, anyone interested in joining, please email email@example.com