Scarborians take a shine to jewel of the French coast

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A group of 36 Scarborians have just returned from a taste of entente cordiale in the ancient port of Pornic, the jewel of the Cote de Jade.

The members of the Scalby and Newby Twinning Association arrived for a rendezvous with the Pornicais on the Atlantic coast of southern Brittany by plane and motorhomes.

On arrival in Pornic they were greeted by host families, some of whom were meeting friends from previous twinning.

David Coates, chairman, said: “We were lucky to be treated to a feast of French food and not inconsiderable amounts of French wine.

“The first evening was based with the host families and our hosts had also arranged to show us how wonderful the area is. Visits included a nature reserve, a thatched roofed village and other small towns.”

The Scarborough visitors, who had entertained the French group in May last year, were given a guided tour of Pornic, its castle and cobbled streets, plus a visit to a war graves cemetery.

The mayor of Pornic held a drinks reception where civic gifts were exchanged, followed by a rooftop gala dinner. There was also the judging of the traditional hat competition which had a theme this year of seashells and seafood. The innovative design of Joan Rippon, using a fish and chip box, was the winner. One of the day trips included a visit to the medieval town of Clisson and a visit to a vineyard.

Jim Hughes, of Scalby, a member of the twinning association, added: “ On departure, tears were shed – the friendships made will last forever. Twinning is alive and well, and we look forward to next year, the 25th anniversary.

“Thanks to the committee of both Scalby and Newby and the Pornic twinning associations for their wonderful arrangements.”

If you are interested in joining the association please contact secretary Michele Harriott on 368921 or micheleharriott@hotmail.com or Mr Coates on 507720 or coatesd@btinternet.com