Twenty-one years of happy twinning

Entente cordiale is alive and well in Scarborough, with Scalby and Newby celebrating more than two decades of being twinned with the French town of Pornic.

Entente cordiale is alive and well in Scarborough, with Scalby and Newby celebrating more than two decades of being twinned with the French town of Pornic.

One hundred and fourteen guests attended the official dinner in Scalby parish hall, including Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill, fellow politician and mayor of Pornic Philippe Bonnec, Mme Bonnec, six French council officials and forty-eight members of the Pornic twinning association.

The dinner was the finale to a five day programme celebrating the 21-year alliance. Chairman of the Scalby and Newby Twinning Association Geoffrey Archer said: "The programme for the visitors included wine tasting at their stall at Scalby fair in French dress, a civic reception by the Parish Council, a walk in the country, and a day visit to Helmsley including lunch and on to Eden Camp.

"The French chairman said it was a happy twinning occasion and congratulated all concerned on the smooth running, and looked forward to the time when they would host us in France."

Pornic is the southernmost of Brittany's Atlantic ports, and is known as the 'Jewel of the Cte de Jade'. Its ancient port is still home to about twenty trawlers, and is overlooked by by the medieval city - making it a lovely destination for visitors from its Yorkshire twin.

Entente cordiale is alive and well in Scarborough, with Scalby and Newby celebrating more than two decades of being twinned with the French town of Pornic.

One hundred and fourteen guests attended the official dinner in Scalby parish hall, including Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill, fellow politician and mayor of Pornic Philippe Bonnec, Mme Bonnec, six French council officials and forty-eight members of the Pornic twinning association.

The dinner was the finale to a five day programme celebrating the 21-year alliance. Chairman of the Scalby and Newby Twinning Association Geoffrey Archer said: "The programme for the visitors included wine tasting at their stall at Scalby fair in French dress, a civic reception by the Parish Council, a walk in the country, and a day visit to Helmsley including lunch and on to Eden Camp.

"The French chairman said it was a happy twinning occasion and congratulated all concerned on the smooth running, and looked forward to the time when they would host us in France."

Pornic is the southernmost of Brittany's Atlantic ports, and is known as the 'Jewel of the Cte de Jade'. Its ancient port is still home to about twenty trawlers, and is overlooked by by the medieval city - making it a lovely destination for visitors from its Yorkshire twin.