Last Friday twenty five visitors from Maybole's French twin
town Crosne near Paris, flew into Prestwick for the weekend in the Capital
Crosne has a new mayor Alain Girard who unfortunately could
not make the trip. The previous mayor, Genvieve Rochereau has given up her
post as she has moved to Africa for the next few years due to her
Marylene Laug, well known to local twinners since the very
first visit in 1981, has been appointed as first deputy mayor and she was
delighted to be back in Scotland for the trip.
The French party was met at the airport by local twinners
and then took the coastal route south via Dunure and a check at the
Electric Brae to make sure it was still working!
Their first stop was Culzean Country Park where they had
lunch and then a tour of the castle. Those who were able then meandered
along the cliff walk to the Swan Pond to meet the others. Then it was back
onto the coach for a tour of the countryside before heading for Maybole to
meet their hosts.
On Friday evening they were welcomed by twinning chairman
William Grant and entertained by Maybole Pipe Band before sitting down to
haggis and neeps and other Scottish fare. Afterwards the entertainment was
provided by singers Elaine Wyllie and Alex Davidson, and highland dancer
On Saturday they set off for Millport and a tour of the
maritime museum there. The evening had been left free to spend time with
hosts although a large number decided that they would all eat together.
Sunday morning was also left free for time with hosts and
many visited Burns Cottage and other local sites of interest before
gathering for their departure.
William Grant wished the visitors "bon voyage" and Daniel
Robin, chairman of the Crosne twinning committee, thanked him and all the
Maybole twinners for their warm welcome and hospitality over the weekend.
All too soon it was time to say "au revoir" and head back
to Prestwick for the flight home.