Scarborough might have missed out on the Tour de France but residents of Scalby and Newby are planning their own cross-channel invasion.
The Scalby and Newby Twinning Association are set to rendezvous in Pornic in south-east Brittany following the successful visit of Pornicais last May.
The latest exchange will take place in June, said chairman David Coates who is hosting the association’s annual meeting tomorrow at 6pm at Scalby and Newby Parish Hall.
“We were very lucky to have such a wonderful visit from our French friends last year,” he added.
His annual report states: “This has been another successful year.
“The association has an active membership from across the town and has attracted new members. The main event was the visit of 32 friends from Pornic.
“Twinning aims to develop friendship and mutual understanding between communities.
“This aim was realised as illustrated by a comment from those who were visiting Scarborough for the first time, saying they had not imagined the area would be so extraordinary and pleasant.”
Scarborough hosts catered for their French guests, culminating in a formal reception and dinner. Events included a lunch hosted by the Scalby and Newby Parish Council, and ‘safari’ roving supper. Highlights included a walk and hat parade and entertainment at the formal dinner.
Social events included pizza and quiz nights at the St Laurence Church Rooms in Scalby village, and a French-theme meal at The Yew Tree, Scalby. Mr Coates paid tribute to the work of Geoff Taylor, a past chairman, who bowed out from the committee.
He said: “Two members deserve special thanks: Chris Found, treasurer and wine cellar manager, and Michele Harriott, secretary, the backbone of the association.”