Happy Birthday – we love you!
That was the message to Maybole town
twinners who travelled to France to mark their 20 year connection.
The celebrations began on Friday evening
May 17 with a parade from Rue de Maybole led by two members of Paris &
District Pipe Band. They had been hired by the French hosts as no one from
Maybole Pipe Band was able to make the trip.
The Scottish group were welcomed by
Genevieve Rochereau, Mayor of Crosne, and Marie-Christine, President of
Crosne’s Town Twinning Committee.
In her speech, Mme Rochereau, said, “Our
future is together and over the next twenty years I hope we can build on our
“We love you,” she added, “ and wish you a
Following this there were congratulations
from delegates from Schotten, Germany; Rymarov, Cheq Republic; Arco, Italy;
and Beloeil, Belgium; towns also twinned or specially linked to Maybole and
In his speech, William Grant, chairman of
Maybole Town Twinning Association, said, “To be standing here today is a
special honour for me - 20 years have now passed since the twinning
ceremony between Maybole and Crosne took place, and since this beginning all
those years ago, strangers have become close friends, and through this
friendship we have watched our families grow and our friendships flourish.
Sadly, some old friends have passed away, and are sadly missed.
During these years we have shared joy,
sadness and the love of good friends, and of course we look forward to many
more happy times together.”
Mr Grant appropriately quoted from Burns’
“A Man’s a Man”:
“For ‘a that, an a’ that
It’s coming yet for a’ that
That Man to Man, the world o’er
be for a’ that.”
And Mr Grant borrowed Burns’ theme to make
a wish for the future. He told guests, “It is important for twinning that we
win over the younger generation. Not only can we gain from their input, but
equally they can gain a great deal from twinning through better global
understanding – or simply as the means of better understanding a foreign
language. Schools and language teachers can play an important role in
supporting and encouraging a good twinning link. We have the Internet, video
conferencing and email. We must use them, and through these we can involve
all sections of the community.”
The speeches were followed by a meal and
great entertainment from a jazz band and a sequence dance group.
Also in the group were Hugh Anderson, Town
Twinning vice chairman, and his wife Sally; Maureen Craig, secretary;
Margaret and Alex Davidson; Andy and Ann McDowall; Lesley Grant; Jim Sym;
and David Kiltie, chairman of Maybole Community Council.
Over the rest of the weekend the visitors
enjoyed a day in Paris and a boat trip on the River Seine; a torchlight
procession in Crosne and the French town’s Pentecost carnival.
They also enjoyed meals with their hosts
and David Kiltie said, “I was delighted to meet former Mayor, Michel Berson,
at dinner on the Saturday evening, Unfortunately he has been seriously ill
and unable to take part in any of the weekend celebrations.”
It was Mr Berson and Mr Kiltie who signed
the original twinning documents in 1982.
(From the Ayrshire Post. May 2002)