Seaton Town Twinning
|Paul Chandelier, mayor of Thury-Harcourt, showing the ichthyosaur to members of the youth council. | |
Presentation of ichthyosaur to the mayor of Thury-Harcourt on behalf of the town of Seaton. L to R Jeff Day, ex-chairman of Seaton and District Twinning Association, Clare Jones, current chairman, Paul Chandelier, mayor of T-H, Nathalie Casas, chairman of the T-H Twinning Association
Seaton has been twinned with Thury-Harcourt in Normandy for 30 years and this landmark was celebrated when 37 members of the Seaton and District Twinning Association visited their French twin town between June 8 -11th . Seven were new members recruited through an article in the local press.
During the time there, they visited Pegasus bridge made famous as the site of the first action in the D-day landings when it was secured by glider-borne troops minutes after midnight on June 6th 1944. The event was commemorated by Association member Fergus Holmes leading the party across the bridge playing bagpipes recalling the incident portrayed in the film The Longest Day.
Other visits included those to the fashionable seaside town of Cabourg famous for its connections with the writer Proust, and to the gardens of the Chateau of Canon, notable for its series of walled gardens, at Mezidon-Canon.
Other time was spent with individual hosts on a variety of activities enabling members to enjoy particular interests whether it be renewing old friendships, sampling the famed French cuisine, or pursuing personal interests such as history, horticulture or simply exploring. Included in the party were some members of Axe Valley Pedallers and the French hosts took them on a bicycle tour through the surrounding countryside. (see AVP facebook page)
The visited ended with a formal dinner to celebrate the 30 years of twinning which was also attended by representatives from Heimbuchental, Thury-Harcourt's other twin town which is situated in the Black Forest region of Germany. During a ceremony before the dinner, Nathalie Casas, chairman of the Thury-Harcourt twinning association, welcomed us most warmly, and spoke of the importance of the twinning in these troubled times. Clare Jones, the chairman of the Seaton and District Twinning Association presented on behalf of the people of Seaton a gift of a cast of an Ichthyosaurus fossil from Lyme Bay to Paul Chandelier, the mayor of Thury-Harcourt. The gift was met with great enthusiasm, especally among the children. In return she accepted gifts of commemorative plaques from both German and French twinning associations on behalf of Seaton.
Aside from all the enjoyment we share on a twinning visit, one of the great things about the twinnng is the warmth and the friendship which is so evident each time we go to Thury-Harcourt.
We always welcome new members. Anyone living within a reasonable distance of Seaton may join. You do not have to live in Seaton itself.
|Fergus Holmes leading the party across Pegasus Bridge.
||Presentation of commemorative plaques from T-H's German twin town, Heimbuchenthal.
||French, German and English Twinners meet at a formal dinner at Thury-Harcourt.|
|L to R Guy Lecoz, Former chairman of T-H twinning association, Clare Jones,chairman of Seaton and District Twinning Association, Jeff Day, former chairman of the same, Paul Chandelier, mayor of T-H, Nathalie Casas, chairman of the T-H association, Jacques Gautier, former mayor of T-H. He and Guy Lecoz were both present at the signing of the Charter in 1982.
||Tour de Normandie. Grahm Jones and Robert Watson of AVP, with host and keen cyclist Andre Jeandenand.|
Higher resolution photos available on request.
Chairperson : Sharon Bruce
Secretary : Glyn Roberts