No surprise over Queen’s welcome

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THE QUEEN’S historic visit to the Republic of Ireland has been a great success. There will always be a few protesters in any country, but this visit has done so much good for both countries.

I travel to Ireland a lot and important people over there told me that she would get a good reception and be made welcome.

But we already knew this, because Scarborough already paved the way for the visit.

In 2003 Scarborough’s own first lady became the sweetheart of Cahir.

When we twinned Scarborough with Cahir in Co Tipperary, our Mayor Freda Coultas and her husband Owen, travelled over with 40 Scarborough people and won the hearts of everyone.

Freda and Owen were transported around in a horse and carriage, they walked on the red carpet and they had pride of place in the Grand Hall in Cahir Castle for the twinning ceremony. They were fantastic ambassadors for Scarborough.

Seeing the Queen and Prince Philip on television reminded me of the way Freda wooed the Irish people, they fell in love with her and still talk about her.

Scarborough did it first with the late Freda and Owen, and I urge anyone who wants to see hospitality, to visit our Scarborough’s only twin town of Cahir in Co Tipperary.

You will all get the same welcome.

Mike Manning

Spa Pub