A CELEBRATION of 40 years of town twinning between Alcester and Vallet was marked with a sit down.
A group of 23 travelled from Alcester to western France to renew friendships forged over the years, but also to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Alcester-Vallet Twinning Association.
And the Alcester group took along a bench as a celebratory gift to their friends in Vallet. It was presented to members of the association, two of who – Eliane Barré from Vallet and Pat Grier from Alcester – were invited to cut the decorative ribbons and be the first to rest on the bench.
A spokesperson from the association said: “Our French hosts received us with their traditional hospitality and many friendships were renewed over a glass of Vallet’s home grown wine, Muscadet.
“The Mayor of Vallet, Jerôme Marchais and Pierre-André Perrouin, Président de la Communauté de Communes, warmly welcomed us and congratulated everyone for continuing to develop and foster links between the two communities.”
After the reception, guests from Alcester departed with their hosts to enjoy several days of French hospitality, being treated to a day in Vannes, visiting the historic town, enjoying a traditional French picnic lunch in the sunshine, and relaxing on a boat tour of the Golfe de Morbihan.
Alcester -Vallet Twinning Association is keen to welcome new members to ensure that links already forged will continue to develop.
Anyone interested should ring 01789 400885.