At the beginning of August we were delighted to have seven visitors from Luzarches with us for the weekend. They were here for the Highland Games at Aboyne and to visit the distillery at Fettercairn on Saturday 3rd August. After a walk on the beach at Arbroath on Sunday morning, and at Montrose in the afternoon, the visit ended with a very enjoyable barbecue with one of our host families, just outside Montrose.
The Association’s annual coffee morning, held on Saturday June 22nd, was a success in spite of clashing with two other significant charity events.
More than 85 people came to enjoy coffee and ……………mmmm, croissants or pains au chocolat, which were filling the hall with that French aroma even as people were coming in.
‘Nice to have a wee change!’ was one comment heard, as groups and individuals tucked in before considering the delights of home baking that were on offer or looking at the bric-a-brac. The raffle was tempting, with its array of liquid and other prizes, and the bottle stall, too, where it would have been possible to win five bottles or cans for only £1.00.
‘It’s been a good morning’, said one committee member,’ with a steady flow of customers. Very pleasant!’
Our ‘soiree’ planned for last month has been rescheduled and will now take place in the early Autumn. The planned ‘Cafe Luzarches’ will be on September 25th, and will be at the Links Hotel in Montrose from 7.30 pm.
Join us for a Taste of France
The people there are so genuine and friendly towards us that it almost feels like we are going home when we are in their company.
I would like to see more people taking advantage of the opportunities of sharing the two cultures. Every one of the trips we have made has been memorable to the extreme and likewise our French guests love the Scottish way of life.
Robina Addison, President of Montrose Twinning Association.
Catherine Leduc from Luzarches came to Montrose to spend a year as an assistante at Montrose Academy. She also spent some time in the local primary schools, one of them Lochside Primary. During her year her father Alain Leduc, headmaster of the primary school, Louis Jouvet, in Luzarches, came over to Montrose to visit her. He was introduced to the then headmaster of Lochside Primary Peter Andrews. Both men being enthusiastic Europeans established a link between their two schools and for several years there were very successful exchanges between the pupils from class 7 and their equivalents in Luzarches. To establish the link even further Catherine married a local man James Taylor!
The Montrose Community Council adopted the idea of the link and on 18 August 1993 called a public meeting. Though the meeting was attended by a mere handful of Montrosians, a Steering Committee was elected. On 16 September the first official Steering Committee meeting was held. In November there was an exploratory visit to Montrose by a Luzarches deputation of three, when, after much discussion, it was decided to proceed. In May 1994 a delegation of ten visited Luzarches when the French language version of the Twinning Charter was signed. In June 1995 a Luzarches delegation of twenty including the Mayor came to Montrose when the English language version of the Twinning Charter was signed in front of an estimated 4,000 in Montrose High Street.