‘Twins’ swap the Cote de Jade for delights of Scarboro’ coast

Pornic visitors meet up with their Scarborough counterparts for a social afternoon at Newby and Scalby village hall .Enjoying their hats Barbara Archer toasts the group of friends and visitors...Picture Richard Ponter.121967b.
Pornic visitors meet up with their Scarborough counterparts for a social afternoon at Newby and Scalby village hall .Enjoying their hats Barbara Archer toasts the group of friends and visitors...Picture Richard Ponter.121967b.
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A group of people from France are visiting Newby and Scalby later to mark the 25th anniversary of a town-twinning.

Thirty representatives, including the mayor, of Pornic on the Cote de Jade, in Brittany, will be in the village from Thursday June 19 for a week of celebrations.

It will be the latest in a long line of exchange visits between the two, which started back in 1989. When the dignitaries 
arrive they will be shown all the delights that Newby and Scalby have to offer.

The guests will attend a civic reception at the Scalby Community Hall, take part in a Tour de France-themed hat competition and attend a dinner at Scarborough Rugby Club. They will also be selling French food and wine at a stall at Scalby Fair on Saturday June 21.

Jim Hughes, of Scalby, press spokesman for the twinning association, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the guests from Pornic to the village.

“There are probably about 10 people who have been 
coming since the first twinning visit in 1989.

“They have seen the village change over that time and they love seeing the cleanliness of the area and what we have done with the gardens and really 
enjoy their visits.”

Alongside the tours of the 
area the group will also be taking a bus trip to Castle Howard for their penultimate day in Scarborough.

The Newby and Scalby Twinning Association was founded in 1988 and received its charter the following year when representatives of Pornic and Newby and Scalby met for the very first time. Since then members of the respective twinning committees visit the other country on alternate years, staying with 
local families.

David Coates, of Scalby, chairs the group, and Michele Harriott is the French-speaking secretary.