Grasby: 26th anniversary twinning visit

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Grasby Twinning Association welcomed 24 visitors from their twin village St Remy de Sille recently.

Report by Susan Anthony

The visitors arrived on Saturday April 26 at 5pm and were welcomed with tea and cakes in the village hall, before returning to their host families’ homes for an evening meal.

The next day, they left Grasby in cars for a visit to Rydale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire.

Here there were lots of household exhibitions, farm machine, gardens, animals etc to look.

After a picnic lunch, it was on to York for a visit to the National Railway Museum, with a meal at Beverley on the way home.

On the Monday, the French coach took the visitors and their English families to the KC Stadium in Hull for a guided tour, which included the pitch, used for both football and rugby matches, the changing rooms, corporate entertainment facilities and the executive boxes.

It was then on to Hull city centre, where families were free to choose their next visiting places; some went to the Street Life Museum, others to the art gallery and the other museums.

After an evening meal at home, there was a dance in the village hall, with music from Allie’s Cats; a raffle was also held.

Tuesday began with a visit to a local alpaca farm.

Mr and Mrs Harrison gave a very interesting talk about alpacas, before everyone departed on a free day, when various places were visited, including Lincoln, Gainsborough and Brigg.

Everyone met up again in the evening at the Blacksmith’s Arms in Rothwell for a meal, which was followed by the presentation of gifts.

Harriet Gillman, chairperson of Grasby Twinning, presented Andre Leguy, chairman of the St Remy Twinners, with a stained glass cockerel, which had been made by Alice Vessey, a Grasby resident.

She also presented each of the French families with an engraved rea light glass, which had been made by a previous Grasby resident, Karen Johnson.

In turn, Andre presented Harriet with an oil painting of the St Remy Church.

After the presentations, Doctor Vora, the magic medic, entertained everyone with his magic show.

The visitors departed on Wednesday, April 30, at 8.15am, with see you next year ringing in the air.