March Twinning Association welcomed French friends

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March Twinning Association has just completed a successful few days hosting 37 guests from its twin town of St Jean de Braye in France.

The visitors travelled from their home near Orleans in the Loire Valley.

They were greeted at All Saints’ School by the new mayor, Kit Owen, and introduced to their host families. Some had been to March many times before whilst others were making their first visit.

The group, accompanied by some of the hosts, visited the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge followed by lunch at The Bridge at Waterbeach. The afternoon was spent at Ely and included visits to the Cathedral and the Stained Glass Museum.

The next day was free time with the hosts – some spending time exploring March while others ventured further afield. In the evening the group, along with invited guests, gathered at Doddington Village Hall for a buffet supper.

Entertainment was provided by the Cann Sisters – twins with an international reputation for their skills on the piano. They played music from a wide range of composers including Ravel, Saint-Saens and Gershwin.

They were joined for part of the evening by accomplished singer Sally Rose, who performed two arias in the original Italian and French.

There was an early start the following day as the guests departed for home.

The Twinning Association has been successful for many years encouraging links between the two towns. Exchanges have included sporting and cultural activities with the visits alternating between the two towns annually. Social events are held throughout the year, some with a French theme.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the Association, please contact the chairman, Andrew, on 01354 654699.