Twinners feel cordial

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ENTENTE cordiale abounded as members of Market Rasen Twinning Association visited their counterparts in the French town of Mamers.

Twinning has been functioning for 22 years now and some of the original members are still able to go and are as enthusiastic as ever.

And this year’s trip enjoyed a musical slant, as members of Market Rasen’s Junior Choir and Raising Voices Choirs went along this year.

The youngsters sang in Notre Dame church in Mamers and at the Sale de Fete.

The 53 twinners stayed with families in Mamers, attending evening meals and group entertainment together, while also fitting in various day-time visits.

Highlights of this year’s visit was a visit to the Manoir of Courboyer, where local percheron horses could be seen in the grounds of the estate, and a visit to the weekly Monday morning market in Mamers to buy a variety of produce.

Some of the group also toured Mamers’ new cinema and performance space, built at a cost of 4.5 million euros.

The state and regional governments granted 70 per cent of the money, but the rest was found locally and the running costs are paid for out of Mamers’ budget.

In France, the mayors of towns are paid administrators who have considerable powers and responsibilities.

For example, he is responsible for the new layout of the larger market-parking square and the complex one-way system it now has.

He attends every twinning function and visits Market Rasen and their German twin town to represent Mamers.

Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the trip and all appreciated the considerable hospitality their hosts provided.

Anyone wanting to find more about Market Rasen Twinning Association can call Gail Dennis on 01673 843575.