More than twenty five
years ago Maybole Community Council was interested in
forming town twinning links with a French town. The
Community Council had, for a couple of years, been
pursuing this idea of twinning but for different reasons
had not met with any success.
In May 1981 they were
told that the town of Crosne, near Paris, was definitely
interested in twinning with Maybole, so much so, that
they invited, at very short notice, a group of people
from Maybole to join in their Carnival celebrations at
Whitsun. Within a week of the invitation being received,
four representatives were on their way to Crosne by
That was Maybole's
first contact with Crosne and it was enjoyed very much
by the four individuals who represented the Community
Council, that was David Kiltie: Alan Murray; Don Raby
and Jim Sym.
David Kiltie said at
the time, “Despite understandable reservations about
going to live in a community and with people we knew
nothing about, we need not have worried. We were made
very welcome by the people in Crosne and in turn at an
official meeting between some of the Maybole Community
Councillors and some of the French Town Councillors an
invitation was extended to a group from Crosne to visit
In September that year
11 representatives from Crosne came to Maybole and
stayed with families in Maybole. Those were the first
two official contacts and two of the original four made
a return visit to Crosne for Whitsun 2006.
David Kiltie and Alan
Murray were warmly welcomed by some of the original
visitors and present mayor Alain Girard.
Also visiting Crosne
was a group of 11 Carrick Academy pupils with Depute
Head Jonathan Rusk and teacher Margaret Cannon.
They too were welcomed
on Whit Sunday, the French call it Pentecost, by the
mayor and Madame Florence Dessauny of Bellevue College
and her French pupils welcomed the Scottish visitors
with some Scottish country dancing!
After a welcome from
the Mayor and Daniel Robin and a reply by Mr Rusk, the
Carrick pupils visited the homes of French students for
The next day they all
visited Paris for a guided tour by Christine Vignot and
a picnic beside the Eiffel Tower before climbing to the
second stage of the tower. Then there was time for some
shopping before returning to Crosne for an official
The rest of the week
involved educational trips, quizzes, lectures,
discussions, the Palace of Versailles, and on Thursday a
big farewell evening with all the families, local
councillors, and members of the Twinning Committee.
Friday was the final
day and they all boarded the bus looking forward to the
return visit by Crosne pupils next year.
Maybole 2006 │
Crosne 2002 │Crosne 2000
About Crosne │ Official